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Stack those Yo-yos

Close To My Heart have three beautiful trees on the cover of the Holidays from the Heart shopping guide. You may have seen them. And admired them. If you haven’t seen them yet here is another peek. 1310-cc-holidays-from-the-heart-au_nz

Aren’t they just gorgeous? Naturally all of us in the CTMH family have been waiting for the opportunity to get hold of the paper, put our Cricut machines to good use and make them. So many of us in Australia are now Cricut owners and love it! (Message me if you would like to know the best way to get yours. )Some of us have completed the project and while not as stunning (because they seem to be so even and well spaced!) as those in the photo we have done a pretty good job recreating these trees.

Cut and score

Cut and score

Fold and join

Fold and join

It begins with cutting 22 pieces of paper! You need at least 2 strips to score and fold then stick end to end forming a circle once folded.

By squashing these flat and adhering a circle top and bottom with your trusty hot glue gun you end up with a yo-yo or rosette – a popular embellishment in the paper craft world.  By making these in gradually increasing widths (cricut dial sizes set from 1 inch to 2 1/2 inches you can then stack from large to small making a nice tower. It actually even feels a bit like  pine cone when done! If you want a more frilly look for the larger sizes you would cut 3 strips to push into your yo-yo.

I have a couple of tips for you if you dare to give it a go.

Lots of rosettes all glued to a circle top and bottom

Lots of yoyos all glued to a circle top and bottom

You will need 4 sheets of double sided Sparkle and Shine papers to get enough pieces to create at least 11 rosettes.

  • Scoring can be done with a ruler, stylus or bone folder and a mat if you do not have a fancy scoring board.
  • You can adhere all these with liquid gloss but you need time for this to firm up.
  • You are best to use a HOT GLUE Gun. For speed and ease, it really is the best option. Use a scrap piece of cardboard under your work to spare your table any damage from hot glue. If you have acrylic nails you may like to protect them from damage too.
  • Be careful – hot glue burns, as does the tip of the gun. Have your  spare glues sticks nice and handy ready to refill – you will need quite a few for this project.
  • When gluing pieces end to end be careful not to burn yourself with hot glue when you press pieces together – the glue will come through the holes in the pattern,
  • When making the very top rosette, before gluing the second securing circle, pierce a hole through it and insert a toothpick that will then be fixed in place with the final gluing. You need this to act as a stand to whatever you top your tree with. It can be broken off shorter if need be.
  • When layering each rosette one on top of the other you may find at times it will need a little leveling depending on how even your original rosette has been glued – use hot glue like mortar – adding more to the die that needs leveling up. Keep checking the way it is standing – you do not want to end up with the leaning Tower of Pisa! Have it nicely balanced on a vertical center all the way up. If you are really worried about this pierce all binding circles and slide the whole lot over a bamboo skewer as you build it up n layers. You are using this to keep it straight – The tree is quite sold when done so the skewer is not needed for stability. I did mine without a skewer and I am quite happy with the result. Hand made is not meant to be perfect anyway right?
  • Allow 2 hours for all of the above then you can do the decorating,
  • I used tag shapes for the tree topper – but you could also use a star or a snowflake. Tie a pretty bow, add some round shaped beads or buttons – I found 3 unique buttons in my stash.

Following the example from the flyer, I decorated my tree with snowflakes. I decided to try Mod Podge and I needed to bling it up so a shaker of fine glitter did the trick. A generous helping of Mod Podge painted on the snowflakes, sprinkled with glitter and allowed to dry.

Sparkly snowflakes

Sparkly snowflakes

Greens ones added a nice touch

Juniper ones added a nice touch

I have used baking paper underneath this part of the work for several reasons. First the snowflakes were easy to move around and second, once finished I could pour excess glitter back into the jar as it slides nicely off the baking paper. Finally clean up is easy – scrunch up the paper and bin it. Be sure to wash the brush you used to spread Mod Podge around with really well.  Sard soap is good for cleaning brushes. Mod Podge is readily available in craft stores. I used the Matt finish one.

Once again the best way to glue these on was with hot glue. If you end up with ‘hot glue strings’ don’t worry – many of us do – it is normal! These can be pulled away or melted away with a heat gun.

And there you have it – the lovely tree ready for the Christmas Table! Mine is just sitting on a nice teelight candle holder.

My Completed table tree. If you are local and would like to make one pre-order your Sparkle and Shine paper ready for next workshop.

My Completed table tree. If you are local and would like to make one pre-order your Sparkle and Shine paper ready for next workshop.

Why not plan to get one of these done for your table? Plan ahead by pre-ordering your paper, having it pre-cut and coming to a workshop to get it done! Contact me for more details or check my workshop schedule over at  my Facebook Page. (Workshops are in the Sunraysia Region)

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Magical Days Countdown to Christmas Part 1

I was so excited about my Sparkle and Shine goodies from the Holidays from the Heart guide I could not wait to play. I was inspired by the Magical Days stamp set which I got for FREE* with my last purchase. Between the Art booking and Art philosophy Cricut cartridges on my Cricut machine, my Sparkle and Shine paper pack and extra sheets of Ruby, Juniper, Slate and White, I have created a countdown to Christmas Artbook. Currently it is living on my Flip Stand. After Christmas – if I am good 😉 – I will journal and add photos to it and bind it with ribbon as a memento of Christmas 2013. Pages are cut at 6 Inches on the cricut (if that is where they have come from) so the holes line up with the binder rings. Pages in artbooking can tend to be too long for the stand so be prepared for remodeling and consider cutting your own holes. Each page after the first one is inspired by the design on the number stamp.

The Fist of December cover page

The Fist of December cover page

Here is the first page. The page started as one of the circular pages you can pre-cut with Art Booking p54 but it was too long for the stand so I trimmed off the top and used an everyday hole punch to make new holes. The elements on the page are from the following places:

Artbooking- Reindeer p57,

Art Philosophy – Tag p 62 Tree p 31 Stamp set that came with this collection is used to stamp the trees.

If you do not have a Cricut machine and would like to be able to get one for Christmas let me know and I will tell you how! (Australia only)

Title stamp is from the Sparkle and Shine Workshop on the go kit.

I have hand cut the little circles on the top of the trees after stamping the star. I added dimension to the reindeer using a sponge dauber and slate ink. Silver shimmer trim adds the sparkle to this page. the 3D look comes from using Foam Mounting Tape.

I won’t go through every single element on every page here – That would be cumbersome and take forever to get to the eye candy! Are you ready for DEC 2?

Here it is

 

I added a strip tp the side to get width happening. I have embellished the baubles - check the post to find out how.

I added a strip tp the side to get width happening. I have embellished the baubles – check the post to find out how.

These baubles have been stamped with a nice little shape on the WOTG stamp set. I started in the centre and them added more around and off the edges using Colonial White Ink. White Daisy may be better but I didn’t have any. Then, using slate I daubed the right hand side to add shadow. I final highlight is added with the white chalk marker– I love this pen! I am finding I am using it to add white to all sorts of things!  Bakers twine is used to hang the balls and the page shape with the scalloped edge is an Art booking page. I had to trim the bottom off as it was too long. To make my fancy edge stand out I added the extra paper to the right.

Would you like some more? Yes you do….

Colored Santa window

Colored Santa window

I cut the photo frame and just added it to cardstock cutting the holes myself for this one. The feature here is of course Santa. I imagine by Dec 3 some shopping is entering my life and I am thinking about how I can help make Santa come alive for my Grandson. Santa is on one of the Holidays from the Heart stamp sets – Santa Clause Available for free* or for purchase. I stamped him with Cranberry and coloured him with a range of markers – Ruby, Slate and Creme Brule. I Have a limited range but the light and dark shades in each pen set gave me plenty to work with.

Summer time for us!

Summer time for us!

Christmas for us here down under is HOT! Snowflakes and winter chill do not work in our Christmas decoration except to make us look at a snowy tree image and wish for a cool breeze. I also live many miles from any snow! I was super inspired by the Sun rays in the Art booking cartridge – CTMH have done a great video tutorial on Art Booking and making a summer fun album. I decided to use the sun and cut the word summer to add to my Christmas Art Book – a reminder that Christmas for us also means Summer holidays are on their way! I used some liquid glass to add a bit of shimmer to the sun as well. You can see more about this shape and cutting it in the video below.

The next few pages are completely inspired by the shape and design of the date stamp and the remainder of the book follows the same pattern.

Background stamping, tree cut from the Sparkle and Shine paper, and the trimmed edge of the paper lines the sides

Dec 5 Background stamping, tree cut from the Sparkle and Shine paper, and the trimmed edge of the paper lines the sides

Here I have used the stamp from this months Stap of the month - available for $5 with every $75 purchase.

Dec 6 Here I have used the stamp from this months Stamp of the month – available for $5 with every $75 purchase.

 

Title is from the Sparkl and Shine WOTG kit. I used the shade and highlight technique on the baubles

Dec 7 Title is from the Sparkle and Shine WOTG kit. I used the shade and highlight technique on the baubles

 

Another little Santa window using Sparkle and Shine paper for the background.

Dec 8 Another little Santa window using Sparkle and Shine paper for the background.

For this I was really inspired by the concpet of a shoping list from the riled lines on the date stamp.

For this I was really inspired by the concept of a shopping list from the riled lines on the date stamp.

The stamp design was reminiscent of the scandanavian wishe house - SOTM. I used the red paper, also of that design style, and the house from SOTM to create this page.

The stamp design was reminiscent of the Scandinavian Wishes house – SOTM. I used the red paper, also of that design style, and the house from SOTM to create this page.

It will probbly be HOT - we can only hope for the cool of our air conditioners so a little snowflake may help.

It will probably be HOT – we can only hope for the cool of our air conditioners so a little snowflake may help.Note the shape of the page itself is an Art Booking page. 

The date stamp here inspired a bit of patchwork!

The date stamp here inspired a bit of patchwork! The page was another of the art booking pages cut with the art booking cartridge. 

 

OK – There you have the first 12 pages. I am not quite done yet with the rest of the month. I look forward to completing some of these over this coming weekend and will post the rest of the month soon. I hope my pages here inspire you to give Art booking a try – I am loving it!

If you have questions at all please post a comment and I will try and answer them for you. If you live in or around Sunraysia and want to see this and many more projects, or join in on a Play Day let me know.

All products used in this project are available from my online store to any resident in Australia. Why not head over there now and start shopping?

Your Wish list to make this project:

 

  • WOTG Sparkle and Shine pack G1071
  • Sparkle and Shine Paper Pack X7176B
  • Magical Days Stamp Set D1552
  • Santa Clause Stamp Set C1567
  • SOTM Scandinavian wishes S1310
  • Silver  Z1799 and Red Z1848 Shimmer trim
  • White Chalk Marker Z1767
  • Inks – Slate Z2173 Cranberry Z2116 Juniper Z2165 Colonial white Z2168 or white daisy Z2163
  • Flip Stand Z1896
  • Artbooking Cricut Collection Z1906
  • Art Philosophy  Cricut Collection Z1686
  • 3D foam Tape Z1151

If you do not have a Cricut machine yet ask me how you can get one at wholesale price just in time for Christmas! 

* The Holidays from the Heart guide has starred items. You are entitled to one FREE starred item with every $130 purchase. Order online and have your goodies sent straight to your door. All orders over $75 are also able to get Stamp Of The Month (SOTM) for just $5. Awesome savings for you! 

 

Everyone who orders from the above list before the end of October will go into a lucky prize draw!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a Crush!

I have a crush on My Crush books by Close To My Heart and every teen and tween who has seen these has been excited too. Mums and daughters are joining forces to work on these together as well which is awesome! I think this would create awesome quality time – even for grandmas 🙂

Take a little peek

I have explored this product in depth at my page on My Crush books. Here I also show examples from the first book I have done which is now full!

Starting very soon I am offering classes right here in Mildura so Crush books can be quickly completed. Imagine having one done as a gift in time for Christmas! If you would like the class schedule and the costs email me and I will give you the details.

If you cannot get to a class but would still like to make a start on a My Crush book, you can order yours online right now at my online store. Just let me know via email if you need any support to get it done. I can give you some ideas and some challenges to help you along the way!

It explodes!

I have really enjoyed the freedom to be creative with my scrapbooking with many thanks to Close To My Heart products and How To Program books. I have taken ideas for this page from Magic – which is all about interactive pages and Reflections which came in the consultant kit. The following page makes use of techniques explained in Magic for slicing openings in the Memory Protectors so the pages truly can be interactive. I love the quality of these memory protectors!

Double page layout with a hidden tag and an explosion box

Double page layout with a hidden tag and an explosion box

As you can see there are two places for interactivity here. One is a little tag and the other is what is a variation of an explosion box. It has no lid, but it does open up

The tag gave me the opportunity to slip in the surprise photo – a second bottle of Moet! The photo didn’t quite fit on the layout about the wonderful presents I got so this was a good way to include it. I do have way too many photos to pick from and it is difficult to choose just a few. I hope i am not alone in this!

A second photo attached to a tag hidden behind the first

A second photo attached to a tag hidden behind the first

The right hand page is the really fun one – it looks like a gift on the page. When you unwind the string holding it closed you get a whole lot more – and plenty of journalling space too. There clearly was a story to tell here as I had 3 parcels to unwrap and two very eager nephews ensuring I got all the help I needed.

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So let’s unwind this and take a peek inside!

An Introduction as the first gift was opened - yes there was an order :)

An Introduction as the first gift was opened – yes there was an order 🙂

A little more story as that flap is turned

A little more story as that flap is turned

The fully exploded box allowing 5 photos to the page where only one might have been

The fully exploded box allowing 5 photos to the page where only one might have been

So there you have the exploding gift. This was the easy bit – the tricky bit is getting the pages into Memory Protectors in such a way your reader can interact with them. The quality of CTMH Memory Protectors allows for a very precise cut and the strength in them means they won’t give way in a hurry. By following the instructions for piercing and slicing in Magic I have an excellent reult.  Here is how the pages look inserted into the sleeves.

All sleeved up

All sleeved up

I created the exploding box with a piece of 12 x 12 Ruby card stock. I scored it twice at 4 and 8 inches both horizontally and vertically then trimmed out the corners. Using my bone folder I made sure the folds were crisp. the photos were cut to fit at 3.5 inches square, as was the journalling card. Given the layout is bright red and uses For Always paper, plain white was too stark for the journaling. To bring it into line with the colours I sponged the edges and a little more with Desert Sand ink. This colour is present on the black and white prints giving them the look of antiquity so the Desert Sand worked well. The titles were cut with my Cricut machine and Artiste Cricut cartridge using CTMH Giltter paper.

Cricut Tip! I have learned that with glitter paper you need to have either a nice new blade, just for this job – and then keep it only for the glitter paper. Use a depth of 6 and after a few sheets you may find the need to cut 2-3 times before getting through – or replacing the blade. Fortunately I will not need to bling up each page I do as I would be hard pressed to keep up with blades. Cutting Glitter paper with the Cricut will be a sometimes thing for me!

The little red rose and yellow hat pins come in the For Always Workshop on the go kit.

If you would like any of these products please hop on over to my online store. You can order any time for direct delivery to you if you are in Australia. If you live in my region (Sunraysia and Malle) why not come along to a play day and learn how to make a page like this yourself or come along to one of my paper crafting nights. We can make and exploding box like this as a card, or even make one with a lid and several layers. (A truly exploding box!)  Contact me for more details about my classes nenifoofer@gmail.com

I would love your feedback on this and other pages I share with you. What would you like to see explored and shred here on the blog? Your comments are very welcome! I would love to hear from you.

 

 

The Display Tray is Awesome

I am thoroughly enjoying my Close To My Heart products and I earned the Designed Decor Display Tray with host credits while ordering. I have been waiting for just the right time to play and make it up and finally have done so. I would love to know what you think!

There are so many possibilities if we take the concept of popping a photo on top, and others way down in the 4 x 3 inch trays. I have seen some lovely designs by other consultants and the same idea is used. Use 3D tape to add dimension, position a ‘hero’ photo across sections of the tray. Many samples also have banners – i decided mine was busy enough without them.

I will do my best to describe how I achieved this finished product!

Disply Tray featuring Ever After WOTG, Glitter Paper and Host Only stamp set 'The Party Is On'.

Disply Tray featuring Ever After WOTG, Glitter Paper and Host Only stamp set ‘The Party Is On’.

I first selected some photos from the hundreds i have from this Big Bash. Then trimmed them to fit the 2.5 x 3.5 so they would fit in the spaces, all bar the primary photo which I trimmed to 4×4, and one photo is 4×4 with the fourth inch in the next tray. (the center photo). I then sorted out background papers and cut 3×4 mats from an assortment of my leftovers, focussing on the black and white print. I chose the Dark grey from the Black and grey Glitter paper and used the Artiste Cricut cartridge to cut the shapes of the 50, the scallop frame for the main photo and the base for the roses. I also cut some 3×4 mats in the same paper, including one inside the scallop frame to save paper. To get the frame the right size I simply created a 4×4 square in cricut craft room, positioned it over the scallop and enlarged to scallop frame until i was satisfied the photo would fit nicely.

Noe it was time to stamp. I could not quite decide what to use so i stamped all three of the titles from the ‘The Party Is On’ (exclusive and available only to gathering hosts) on white card stock. I used the daubers to colour the edges off and then played with the layout now I had my pieces. I had already cut and made the black rose and the purple leaf and they were sitting in my little collection of embellishments.

Here are some close ups of these elements.

Shapes made using glitter paper and the Art Philosophy  Cartridge,

Shapes made using glitter paper and the Art Philosophy Cartridge,

I loved this stamp set and since I had had a BIG BASH I had to take advantage of the host rewards program and get it.

I loved this stamp set and since I had had a BIG BASH I had to take advantage of the host rewards program and get it.

I also added a little black shimmer trim and some of the lovely bling from CTMH to finish it off. If I had the red shimmer trim i could have been tempted to put that where the black is – maybe i will when it arrives. I am very pleased with how it came together. There are some essential adhesives at work here. Glue dots have been used to put each piece in place as they are removable so if fancy takes me to change the display I can. I used 3d foam tape, Double up in places so there are very few flat sections – this piece is all about dynamic dimension, just as the party was!

If you would like to make a tray just like this one the one thing you will need to do is host a gathering to get hold of the ‘The Party is On’ stamp set. That bit is easy – we can do one online if I do not live anywhere near you! Just drop me an email or comment below and I will get in touch. The other items you can shop for online right now and go ahead and choose other stamps to compliment your project.

Shopping list:

Workshops on the go – For Always scrapbooking kit G1055 (Or grab the paper pack and the ever always assortment)

Designed Decor display try Z1750

3D foam tape Z1151 and Memory Book Glue Dots 1772

Cricut Collection – Art Philosophy Z1686

Glitter Paper black-Grey assortment Z1829

Exclusive Inks Black Z2105

Black Shimmer trim  and assorted gems

Host Only exclusive Stamp Set The Party Is On – viewable page 4 of the Product Launch Guide

How awesome would it be to get some of this free, and some half price? Did you know if you were to shop for just some of these products and your order reaches 475 you also qualify for Stamp of the month? More bonus! 

Host a gathering and you will be able to aim to achieve all these goodies! Imagine 50% off your cricut Art Philosophy Collection 🙂 We can organise an online or an in person gathering to suit whatever your passion is. Drop me a line nenifofer@gmail.com and i will contact you as soon as possible.

While I am talking savings, have you given thought to being a CTMH Consultant yourself? Be your own host, share your shop online with your friends and reap the rewards of 22% discount AND all the hosting rewards on your orders. Email me now to find out more or visit my site to learn more about it. nenifoofer@gmail.com.au

One final thing – if you would like to see this project up close and personal take a look at my events calendar at facebook and come join in a Play Day in my area! Click on the events link. I would love to have you come along!

Cheers Jen

 

Cascading Card

Well I have not been a big card maker but being creative I am up for a challenge and I must say I am pleased with the result!

This was actually easy to do but I have some tips - read on!

This was actually easy to do but I have some tips – read on!

So…I hopped onto Facebook and my CTMH extended family who share all they are learning in our team groups have posted what they have discovered today. I clicked the link to this video and thought ‘I can do that’! And I have just the right scraps, stamps, chipboard and Cricut cartridge to do it!

Called a cascading card, I will not reinvent the whell of the how to make the card itself. Instead you can take a look at the video yourself. You will need

    • 12 x 8 cardstock
    • A trimmer
    • A tool for scoring. (This demonstrator has a scoring board – I don’t own one of those but my lovely new trimmer from CTMH has a scoring blade.
    • A light soft leaded pencil
    • A ruler – I love my CTMH ruler for this task
    • Scissors – I love my CTMH micro tip scissors too!
    • Range of coordinating paper and embellishments. For this card I have used my scraps from Chantilly Paper Packet, Chantilly Assortment, and elements from my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge collection (The Flower and heart stamps, The butterfly cutout and more) This was largely done with the scraps of the paper pack and White cardstock.

Following the Video, I paused and did each step. I used my CTMH ruler and a craft knife to cut the diagonal as this was easier than managing the angle in the trimmer and was already sitting on my Versamat anyway. My card fitted together well – but make sure your folds and cuts are nice and square or it may end up a little wonky. I used my Bone Folder to make sure the folds were nice and defined.

I then struggled a bit with the decorating. I made the error of sticking the front embellishment on first, It would have been much easier to do it last. Assemble the blank card. Mark lightly with a pencil all the facing edges – these are the ones you will want to put your decoration on. I first did the pink strips (from the edge of Chantilly papers) but did not pay attention to front and back on both pieces – they are opposite!) So I added the ‘words’ after – not quite the look I was after. it was also difficult but not impossible to stamp after I had stuck the front on. Lesson learned – next time I do this I will decorate first, then assemble and secure the front last.

All the elements on this card are adhered with Bonding Memories.

All the elements on this card are adhered with Bonding Memories.

In spite of the slight struggle I am very pleased with how it turned out and wish to acknowledge France Martin for creating the video which delivers very easy to follow instruction for cutting, scoring and folding the card. You can take a look for yourself here.

Now I have done the card AND written about it I should go see what other tricks I can learn!