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Australasian Operation Smile Blog Hop You’re The Bomb

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

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

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



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

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

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

and here is the Stamp Set

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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National Papercrafting Month Blog Hop – Year Noted

Year+Noted+Blog+Badge500Hello and welcome National Paper Crafting Blog Hop Year >> Noted!  This exclusive collection available to qualifying purchase of $75 in January for just $10 includes a fun and pretty exclusve paper collection, a super stamp set and Gold Foil Stickers!  (Retail Value over $37 AUD) You also have the option of an additional Kraft album for $5 saving you even more. (This means you will receive over $52 AUD / $62 NZD worth of product for only $15 if you purchase the kit with the accompanying mini book! ) Be sure you do not miss out and see your consultant about workshop offerings using this kit.  Remember, this deal is only available for January, so make sure to get your own Year >> Noted paper kit today for the perfect start to a crafty year!


 

If you have hopped in from Michele Rowley You are in the right place. The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: 

We have approximately 20 Close To My Heart Consultants from across the globe sharing their creations using Year>>Noted and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

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The year noted kit has Card stock, B and T Papers, gold foil stickers, a stamp set and if you get it a mini album as well.

I am excited about the papers and this stamp set!   From this kit I have made a double page layout with leftovers from my first project which was putting together the mini album. I have added 2 pages of Kraft paper to do this.

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Of Course I began by distressing y white edges! I used Glacier and Sorbet inks for this.

I cut two overlays from Artbooking. The one on the left is the Shift overlay p77  . The one on the right is the Shift Overlay from page 87. I did these using kraft and made them as big as I could within the 12 inch space. A tip here – ensure you have a sharp blade. Kraft is not so easy to cut. Cashmere would do as well as Kraft.

I then did the hardest part of this project – choosing a few photos to reflect enough on the incredible year I had in 2014 without wanting to scrap the whole story all over again! I decided 3 key events and one thing I bought were must haves – the big adventure to Mexico and Convention USA, getting acknowledged as Sr Executive Manager at the Australasian Convetion, having an awesome team who help me run great events, and my best buddy who never complains about helping and carrying anything including suitcases, my walker, Rex. To make it even harder, the photos needed to work on the places available in the mats. it took a while but by adding one at a time, and filling gaps with Year Noted prints I was able to fill it all in. Then it was time to decorate. I love Bonding Memories glue for adhering tricky spaces and made use of it here too.

Here is a closer look at some of the detail on each of the pages. I used the foil stickers, sometimes on their own, sometimes stamped. To stamp these you will need to use your Stazon Ink. Don’t forget to get Stazon Cleaner as well! Our journalling pen did not stay put so stamping them is your on;y option unless you want them plain.

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I cut some extra pieces from papers in the kit including the film strip – just to squeeze a couple more photos onto the page!

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Use the scraps to make a neat banner of celebration with the little stamps!

Here is my favourite spot on this layout. I filled the space with B and T paper, I cut the diamond piece to represent the kind of stringed notice board we see around, then used the lines on the Year>>Noted stamp set to journal on some more of the papers. This is my favourite part of this whole kit and stamp set.…(yep I am excited) …..a clear well spaced set of journal lines to stamp! I just know this stamo might live permanently on a block because I an an avid believer that you need to journal all these pages! It does not solve the problem of me always running out of space, but it does solve the problem of wanting a little neatness that comes from having lines to write on! (I truly cannot be bothered typing, printing, cutting and pasting – writing by hand is much quicker!)

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My 2014 was cut at 2 inches with the Cricut using Artiste font. I swamped each letter in Versamark ink and then in gold embossing powder to heat set. I tipped the embossing powder in a muffin case and swished the inked letters in it.  A very fine tweezer helped me to get this job done. The excess was easily tipped back into the little pot. I used the two zip strips down each side.

I had fun making the page and it really did get me thinking about how good 2014 was for me. I am truly grateful to those I met along the way for making it wonderful!

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Now “Hop” on over to Brenda Lapp’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, with a qualifying purchase of $75 AUD, you are eligible to purchase the exclusive Year >> Noted paper kit (which has a retail value of over $37 AUD for only $10—that’s over 80% off retail! Or, for an additional $5, you can order the Year >> Noted paper kit with an accompanying My Creations™ kraft mini book. Take a look here at our video about this awesome product. Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Thanks for stopping by

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Australasian Blog Hop Stamp Of The Month This Moment S1501

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Welcome to the first blog hop of 2015 by the  Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop group. If you have arrived here from Shaunna’s Blog, Passionate About Pages then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.


 

I am thrilled to share with you this mini album which features January Stamp of the Month S1501 This Moment.  S1501 available exclusively throughout January for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

Love Notes Mini Journal

Ok I will fess up. I initially felt I had little use for this stamp set as I have no lover, no kids and my dogs can’t read a love note I might write. I did what I always do – I just stamped some of it out and an idea was born.

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URok is a deliberate choice – This book is meant to be an affirmation not a question:)

 

A little back story may help with why I did this mini album. It is no secret among those close to me I suffer depression. I am OK right now because I have awesome things to do with my time, (teaching people how to be creative is awesome) and great family and great friends supporting me. But I am not always ok. I am a single 50 something living at home in an empty nest with 2 dogs. I battle the black dog daily. While I occasionally have the company of my girls and grandson, I am very much alone and that sense of isolation can exacerbate any feelings of depression coursing through my veins.

I created this project while completely alone between Christmas and New Year. It is a time in which we reflect on what we have done and achieved and what we might like to plan for the years to come. I have promised myself to take some everyday photos to fill the pages along with completing the all important journalling. Maybe one day one of my offspring will treat it as a treasure once I have done those pages. But its purpose for me is in this moment!

My mini album therefore is intended to be an antidote to feeling sad. It is a very big Love Note reminder to take care of and love myself by being in the moment and appreciating that.  It gives me great pleasure to share with you my empty Mini I put together in just one evening using a few fun, well priced CTMH products.

Get your stuff together including a selection for For Always PML cards that speak to you.

Get your stuff together including a selection for For Always PML cards that speak to you.

All you need is the Hip Pics Mini Album Z1956, A la Carte For Always Picture My Life CardsZ3065 , Black Arrow Washi Tape Z2003, Black Shimmer trim Z1809, Marvy Uchida LePen journalling pen Z1979, Sparkles Black and Grey Assortment Z1754, Scaredy Cat assortment (Black Stars)Z3011, and an assortment of Black, White and Kraft paper. I have used just two inks, Black Z2105 and White Daisy Z2163. I added a piece of Black Twill Z1988 ribbon to my spine too. Get set to do each page as you feel as all these products coordinate completely with the for Always cards. The stamp set could well have been created from the same designs. I had a ball bringing these pages together.

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To begin with I stamped some of the titles and icons on black, white and kraft paper. This gets my creative juices going and helps push me past creative block! Then I knew how and where I wanted to place things on the album cover. I flipped through my For Always cards and chose those that were actually very similar and even the same in style with this stamp set, and fitted my colour scheme of black, white and kraft, as well as my mood and the thoughts I was feeling. I made no definite decisions yet but I had a nice little pile of large and small cards. I flushed out a piece of Black Fundamentals paper from my stash to use as well as I loved the Zing of the black and white chevron.

I like the hip pics pages but feel the pockets need a bit of stabilising. Fill each one with a piece of card 6 x 4 1/4. I mixed these up from my colours. Then I added PML cards. NOW is the time to stamp directly on the white space of your pages if desired. If you wait it can become a little lumpy bumpy and complicated. You can always cover it up if you decide you do not like it:)If you do need to support a page from lumps elsewhere slip your Versamat in there to help.

To adhere the PML cards into the album I simply hinged them in with black arrow Washi tape and used some scraps from fussy cut cards as tabs where needed. Once it was all stuck down I came back to decorate with more faux washi (scraps from cards!) I also did pen outlines, and stuck down some shimmer trim and gems. This little album is now ready for some photos and some reflection about what makes me smile, and what matters to me so in a moment I can be reminded to be in the moment.Here is how mine came together.

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Here Hello is stamped 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation.

 

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White pigment ink looks great on our Kraft card stock. Give it a try.

 

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I gorgot to do photos – the crds on the left fall down revealing my precious and grately appreciated first cuppa of the day.

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Here the photo of the day title is fussy cut from the card and popped on top – over the same card I cut it from with the hip pics frame in between.

 

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The love notes on the right included a little fold out note slipped into the pocket of the page. It is all set in place ready for me to write a nice love note.

 

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Shopping list – If you have a stash – your only investment might be this cute album and the PML cards

 

 

 

 

I would love to hear from you if you decide to take this or a similar approach with this stamp set. Please let me know if I have inspired you.

This Moment is only available until January 31 from your CTMH consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,

Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings

If you get lost along the way please visit  Mandy – Hall of Indulgence for a full list of hoppers.

Have a Fantastic New Year!

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Everything ABC’s Letter Z

abc bloghopWelcome to 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 # element will be featured in their post.

If you came from Catherine Nowak ~ Catscrapbooking.com Catscrapping you are in the right place. For a full list of hoppers hop onto Scrappy Therapy

I will be back to edit later but I am about to ship off and enjoy a family Xmas dinner.  I am caught short of time in the lead up to Christmas.  My Letter Z is for Zócalo and our products that start with the code letter z including embossing folders.


 

Did you know we can emboss 12 inches worth of cardstock? In this layout I have used the Damask Embossing Folder Z1994

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To emboss for this page I cut 4 inch x 12 inch strips. I embossed the first section, slid the card through the slot and embossed the rest. Pattern matching was a little difficult with this folder and did not really matter. With other folders pattern matching 1/2 inch ensures a smooth transition in your second run through the embossing machine.

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Floral Borders Top and Bottom using the Floral Embossing Folder.

 

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Pop the side flap into an flip flap

 

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This is how he page looks when sitting in the album

 

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Peek a Boo I see you – more detail is hidden under the flap:) You can see here where I have adhered the sticky strip.

 

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This is how it all sits in the album.

 

 

I have used the Floral embossing folder Z1994. I have also used Flip Flaps Z1325, an essential addition to any album doing lots if photos of one day or event. I had been having Flip Flap withdrawals as I had done 3 layouts, all unfinished as I am totally out of 6 x 4 flip flaps. I was really happy to get this one finished as I still had some of my 12 inch assortment to use! I used Pear and New England Ivy Card Stock and Exclusive Inks.  The whole layout is in our lovely tough and durable Page Protectors Z1968 and housed in one of our brand new Post Bound Albums Z2094. I LOVE this new albm. It is so easy to put together with the little lift up thingy on the screw and it feels super strong. Did you know the flap over the screw is magnetised so it won’t flap about?

I have done some stamping on this page. I secondary stamped a flourish from Inspriational Flourishes C1581, the Butterfly from Brushed WOTG Stamp set G1087 and Picture this is from Believe In Yourself C1574. Deal of the Decade is still on if you are keen on these stamps.I kept the layout and embellishing really simple because the photos tell muchof the story in this part of my album.

Shopping list

Your next stop on the hop is Anita Autore Cards & Coffee. Have fun and please leave a comment for us along the way. tell us if you have enjoyed the ABC’s hop so we might do it again in 2015!

Have fun! Have a safe and Merry Christmas.

Jen

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Cyber Monday Special!

Cyber Monday is pretty new to me – but very popular and anticipated by online shoppers – so here we go.  CTMH have something for you on Cyber Monday!!

NB Aussie Readers Only!

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Have you been wanting to purchase one of our four amazing Cricut collections?  Have you been dropping big hints to your family that such a collection would look good under your tree? Nudge Nudge Wink Wink 🙂  Need help with the hints? How about a 20% discount all through Monday December 1 Cyber Monday?

CTMH is participating in #cybermonday for the first time ever with 20% off all of the Cricut Collections. Choose from Art Philosophy, Artiste, Artbooking or the recently released Artfully Sent. Share a link – below – to the collection of your choice with your selected loved one (who has ultimate command of your wishlist)  by clicking an image below. This will take you right to my store to pop it into your cart.

Would you like more?…OK!

Anyone ordering their Cricut Collection online will be in the draw for host rewards! Min $30 to spend, but it could be a lot more!

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Add a lift to your scrapbooking with Artbooking

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Fun dimensional possibilities with Artiste

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Make Pretty things! Save 20% #cybermonday

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Art Philosophy contains many must have shapes and card bases. 700 images means super value in this cartridge!

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Artfully Sent is loaded with many different types of cards and tons of fun elements you can use.

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Each collection comes with 3 exclusive stamps sets and more! Featuring Loads of images and card options these are must have cartridges for Cricut lovers. So head on over to my online store and get yours sent right to your door! Alternatively email me nenifoofer@gmail.com and I will handle the ordering for you.

Remember, here is the deal – 20% off Cricut collections, Cyber Monday, 0000 hours to 2400  Monday December 1 ONLY!

Enjoy your shoppping! If you woud like some help to decide which cartridge to get or what else to put in that parcel give me a call! nenifoofer@gmail.com

 

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop Wildwood and Wanderful!

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

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For this hop we will be featuring the letter W. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their # element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy  If you came from there  then you’re on the right track!


 

Welcome to Wildwood and Wanderful!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Everything ABC’s Letter V is for Volcanic

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop! For this hop we will be featuring the letter V This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their V 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 “Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings”  then you’re on the right track!


Hello and welcome to a small piece of my personal Scrapbooking world. I am a lover of mixed media and like to dabble in it from time to time. Choosing a V project isn’t easy but I have settled on this page that illustrates the fabulous Sun Pyramid, the largest structure in the Ancient City of Teotihuacan in Mexico. It is my V project because of the presence of coarse red volcanic rock which I have attempted to symbolise in the background art work on this page.
I first visited Mexico in 1979 as a child. I was an exchange student and at the mercy of host families to see the country. The day I was brought to visit these pyramids we found them closed. (I suspect that family knew little about them!) I dreamed of a return to Mexico, and promised myself that if I ever did I would go to the Sun and Moon Pyramid. Fast forward 35 years here I am on the Street of the Dead with the Sun Pyramid in the background! Volcanic rock heaven!!! I could not walk the street due to sciatica but I was there….right there…at last!
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The Sun Pyramid of Teotihuacan. This page is presented in the Black Designed Decor Black Shadow Box frame It just makes the page even more stunning. I love how I can quickly pop pages in and out of these frames!

The pyramid rises 216 feet (66 metres) above ground level, and it measures approximately 720 by 760 feet (220 by 230 metres) at its base. It was constructed of about 1,000,000 cubic yards (765,000 cubic metres) of material, including hewed tezontle, a red, coarse volcanic rock of the region. (Read More about this fascinating landmark here).  Obsidian, a Volcanic Glass is also present in the ruins.

I have created this page in the following way:

  • Base 12 x 12 Slate cardstock
  • Overlay with Texture paste. I used the V shape of the overlay in the Sugar and Spice Key of artbooking page 80 and a knife to lay down this shape to reflect the steps of the pyramid. Allow this to dry well.
  • I used bubble wrap technique to add some spots for the round rocks evident in the stone work. I simply painted the wrap with gesso and pressed it onto the paper in places around the dried texture paste. Focus on ares that will not be hidden by the photo.
  • Smudge it all up! I used ink pads direct on the texture paste and in places of the spots. I used the sponge to add more and rub edges. I have not completely eliminated the slate grey background. I have used Slate, Cocoa, Chocolate and Barn Red inks to achieve the overall look. If you do this it will look different – it is the process rather than the outcome that is repeatable!
  • The next step is to rehearse the placement of the photos and mixed media embellishment pieces. These flowers and the champagne bottle button were from my stash. The Jute Ribbon is a product NLA from CTMH. The chain is a piece of a Base and Bling Faux Gold chain. Chain looks great on pages! Just snip a bit off with pliers!. These items are all quite deliberately grouped in the bottom right corner and help to tell the story. The hessian has the harsh texture of cloth from the time, the chiffon symbolises the wealth of the priveleged who lived here, the flowers represent Roses, a national symbol of Mexico, the bottle of bubbles my celebration for finally being there and the chain marks the sections of the city protected and still to be excavated.
  • If the eye is lost it can follow the stamped signs which are from different stamp sets. Here we Go D1600 and D1622 Wanderful WOTG set as well as A1160 All the details NLA (Host reward) Stamped embellishments are in Barn Red on Colobial White, smudged with Desert sand to age them out.
  • I adhered the photos to Kraft and Barn Red cardstock as a mount and used foam tape to stick it to the base. There is also a bit of Slate Washi Tape tucked in there.
  • Liquid glass is my best friend for sticking everything else down.

I am so pleased the Pyramids are all now under the good care of Authorities and are being properly investigated by archaeologists and historians. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to be gobsmacked, up close and personal with the pyramids and bringing a dream to reality!

What is really fun about mixed media is no page is ever the same. Sometimes you can start with a sketch, sometimes the photo, as was the case here. As long as you can tie it all together with a colour, a theme, and can clustering of embellishments it will work for you.

Here is a list of Current products used in this project. You can shop online at Jen’s Creative Classroom and have it delivered right to your door.

 

I love getting your comments and feedback. Be sure to leave a comment below before you move on in the hop! Thanks for stropping by

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Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Carol-Anne Grenier. In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

Simple Stunning Picture My Life part 2!

Hi everyone

I took my Picture my life page layout from the last post and showed my weekly class students. They have boys and wanted to have a shot at it. They have given me permission to share the work they did and they did an awesome job! These pages were put together quickly. Almost all are what we call level 1 pages – which simply means there is no stamping. PML cards are brilliant for the non stamping scrapbooker!

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My Tuesday Technique class students did these pages so quickly they got to do a second one – 2 double pages done in less than 2 hours! “The hardest part is choosing the cards!’

This one used a background stamp on 2 strips making it a level 2 layout.

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On this page I made I tried to replicate some of the background and texture on the cards. First I sanded. Then I added the colour to the corners. Bubble wrap would have been good but I did not have any so a dauber did the work. I also used my spray pens to splotch it up a bit. Finally I rubbed in some darker colour. A close reflection of the background of one of the cards on this page was made. I hope we get a checker plate stamp some time as that would have been awesome!

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Closeup of the background artwork

Picture My Life sets can be viewed here. Add some Washi Tape and some Embellishments and you are done! There are so many to choose from! If you would like a class using PML cards and live within cooee of me in Sunraysia book a class and you and your friends will be able to select from a large range of cards to make your pages. Use the form below to get started!

Happy crafting!

Jen

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Everything ABC’s Blog hop – S is for SIMPLE!

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

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For this hop we will be featuring the letter S. 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  Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings youu are in the right place. 


S is for Super Simple!

I recently have been watching from a distance on FB the success of my nephews in their sporting activities this year and that got me thinking about how we might scrapbook the stories of a teenage boy and his almost double figure younger brother and their awesome season. This is what I came up with. I will be giving one of these nephews this page layout when he visits in the school holidays.

Completed super simple and very fast page.

Super simple PML page layout in the traditional way. Picture My Life cards are truly very versatile! Close To My Heart have a lovely range for us to choose from too!

The page is built on our awesome Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program. The design used here is Later Sk8terZ1945.  While we do not have the paper pack of this design we do have these cards and the card stock to match! PML cards are the source of titles, embelishments, photo mounts and journalling boxes all rolled into one! You can use them to pocket scrap, make cards and do more traditional layouts like this one. The price of them makes them very cost effective for a themed album too.

Each card is double sided. There are 22 of each 6 x 4 design (44 cards)  and 3 of each 2 x 4 design cards (78 cards) giving you a total of 122 cards to play with. Each set comes with a title page and a variety of pocket pages for your album. You can mix pocket pages and normal pages up in your album using layouts like this one..

Sand the base cardstock to match the texture of the cards. The extra white little bits come from paper crumbs (corner rounder bits) under the cardstock - a happy accident!

Sand the base cardstock to match the texture of the cards. The extra white little bits come from paper crumbs (corner rounder bits) under the cardstock – a happy accident!

I decided to use the same colours that are in the set – Outdoor Denim and Pear. To get ‘the look’ of the cards I have scrubbed the card stock with the sanding tool in our sanding kit. I did smudge the pear strips with a little outdoor denim ink using a sponge, but this is the only ink on this layout!

Fussy cut embellishments from a card or use them whole. Here I have taken a big card, cut the banner embellishment away and turned the remainder into a title card.

Fussy cut embellishments from a card or use them whole. Here I have taken a big card, cut the banner embellishment away and turned the remainder into a title card.

I have fussy cut 2 of the cards for embellishments, chosen a journalling card and a title. the rest are pure decoration. The suggested photo sizes for the layout especially on the right could really change according to what you have on hand.

And there is more!!! While I was at it I used these cards to creae a birthday card and some congratulations cards for both my nephews since they had had such an awesome season.

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Front of the congratulations card!

Front of the congratulations card!

Many consultants are offering PML Buffet classes for page layouts like this and I am one of them. If you would like to host a Picture My Life Buffet workshop, or come to a class to make one of these layouts and see how simple it is let me know!

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Use some of your cards for quick card notes. In this example I have done some little notes to congratulate my nephews. The journal cards were perfect for the inside and ther cards work for the outside of the card.

Use some of your cards for quick card notes. In this example I have done some little notes to congratulate my nephews. The journal cards were perfect for the inside and ther cards work for the outside of the card.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is  Melissa Hegwood- Scrappin’s More Mom

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

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Anzac Day Feature

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Anzac Day has long been an important day in the calendar of both Australia and New Zealand as we remember the lives given for our freedom at Anzac Cove during World War I. Anzac Day, April 25 is a day of such significance in our history and culture, both our countries have national public holidays. The main event of the day is the formal Dawn ceremony and parade of Veterans, the sounding of the Last Post and the minute of silence ended with ‘Lest We Forget’ in services across the nation. This solemnity is followed by some popular past times including big brekkies, BBQ’s, making and eating ANZAC biscuits, and playing Two Up down the pub.

As Australasian Close To My Heart consultants we wanted to showcase the Australasian Stamp Sets that Close To My Heart have made for us. The projects we share with you today are shared in the spirit of both gratitude and national pride.

We hope you enjoy seeing some artwork focusing on these stamp sets! They include

Australian Salutations,  Australian Thanks, Outback Adventure,

Hoppy BirthdayNew Zealand Greetings and  Aussie Praises.


If you have arrived here from Savanah scraps you are in the right place.

Anzac Day Layout

Double page layout featuring the Stamp Set Aussie Praises.

Double page layout featuring the Stamp Set Aussie Praises.

I hope with this layout you will have some photos taken on Anzac day, or perhaps have some heritage photos you can use. I recently saw a post asking followers what the would get up to for ‘Anzac Day shenannigans’ and that is very much the spirit of the day after the formalities are done. there ought to be lots of Anzac day photos you can take for this layout if you participate in a Dawn service.

I have used the new Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment UV coated papers in this design. My Base is Cashmere card stock. I used two 4 inch strips of the beige Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment to support the photo section and 1 inch strips of the same print  the other side up to border this. (2 up anyone?) All these pieces were edge distressed with Chocolate Distressing ink. This works well with the UV coating on the paper.

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We say Cut, Ink, Stick – and that is the process I followed. I cut all the pieces, prepared all the embellishments, played dressup with the layout and then stuck it all down.

I looked online for icons I wanted to use in addition to the Aussie Praises stamp set. I needed a slouch hat, the poem, a ‘lest we forget’, and since I am always haunted by the Last Post I had to have a bugle on the page. (My Dad could play one of these!) There is nothing like the sound of this haunting tune to move me heart and soul. (Save bagpipes playing  Amazing Grace) I glued the icons to scrap cardstock and trimmed them out. These were to be placed through all the red poppies.

I stamped the banner stamp from Aussie Praises twice using bamboo and the two slogans in Chocolate on top. Edges are inked in Chocolate. ‘True blue’ is on Colonial White card, as are ‘Bonza Job’ and ‘Spot on’ inked with Chocolate and edged in either chocolate or desert sand. My ‘Lest we forget’ is straight from google images and printed on paper. It got some desert sand smudging too so it had the aged look. The images I found were trimmed and mounted on the dark chocolate Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment, and the title is cut from the same using the Alphabet from Artiste Cricut Cartridge.

PS If you need to know what Bonza is go here!

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Foliage border, with edges inked in New England Ivy to add shape and dimension.

For the Poppy border I found a lovely leafy border in Artbooking on page 72 that is the closest to actual poppy leaves I could find. I cut this at the recommended 11 inches and stretched it a little more in CCR. I also did the shift key for extra foliage, I have burnished the lower edges of this with New England Ivy and a sponge dauber. I try to do this as I like the extra dimension another layer of colour gives.

For the popies the perfect stamp is the flower from B1432 Love This.

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I stamped with Black on a 4 inches wide piece of  Ruby card stock. I then fussy cut them all out with the mocrotip scissors. (Love these guys. If you have no other reason to get a kit – get it for the scissors!) I sanded the edges of these and added more fresh ink colour using Ruby Pigment ink pad. This is brighter and added some subtle colour change in the flowers so they were not all flat. I used a gold marking pen to put in centers and added more fine lines with the  Marvy® Uchida® Lepen™ in the centre to make them stand out more. I am not sure I have captured the subtle colours in the photo but I hope you get the idea.

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sand, ink, bend and colour the centers to bring your poppies to life.

sand, ink, bend and colour the centers to bring your poppies to life.

I have glued some down flat, others I curled with the bone folder and mounted with 3D Foam tape. So there is a lot of dimension in the poppy spray along with the other icons I found.

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I hope you have an enjoyable ANZAC Day and remember the fallen with gratitude if you are an Aussie or a Kiwi. If you aren’t then take the time to find out more about one of our most revered national holidays and why it means so much to us.  You can find more information about ANZAC DAY here. If you want to try your hand at making Anzac Biscuits just google for a recipe – the more golden syrup you use the crunchier they will be! You won’t regret it, they are delicious!

To finish of in honour of the solemnity of the day, here is one of the recitations at Anzac day ceremonies across our nation.

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All the items used in this project are available for purchase online at Jens Creative Classroom. Thank you for visiting the hop. Now hop on over to Lauren Moore’s CTMH craftings


The following CTMH products have been used in this project.

Aussie PraisesD1598

Love This  B1432

Paper Fundamentals Basics AssortmentZ1939

Artbooking and Artiste Cricut collections * It is still April…either of these is still free – ask us your consultants today!

Metallics Markers Z1768

Distressing Inks Z1296 Chocolate

Cardstock Cashmere, Ruby, Topiary

Exclusive Inks Chocolate, Desert Sand, Black, New England Ivy

Enchantment pigment inks collection (ruby) Z2502

Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors Z1836

Marvy® Uchida® Lepen™ Z1979

Adhesives – Bonding Memories Glue, 1512 3D Foam Tape Z1151

Don’t forget this month’s Stamp of the month and your Free to be Me paper pack are just $5 with a $75 order.