Monday, 15 January 2018

Chelsea Gardens Blog Hop

Welcome to the Chelsea Garden blog hop if you arrived here from  Wendy Hopper's Blog, you are in the right place, if you arrived here by chance I am glad you stopped by and I hope my projects gives you some inspiration. To continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.




These beautiful papers and compliments are stunning, just wonderful for garden, girly or even masculine projects. The Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking  stamp and die cut set are also gorgeous and will compliment any project.



When working on my layouts I love using the CTMH How To  Books, there are three specifically for scrapbooking and the newest addition is for card making. You can find these books here and they really do make creating beautiful layouts and cards so much easier and quicker

I love how each pack of CTMH papers allows so many options, at first glance the Chelsea papers  immediately make you think of pretty projects and that is what I have created with this layout. The delicate butterflies and flowers are exquisite and worked beautifully with these photos. I have used Jupiter, Sweet Leaf and Glacier Inks. I curled the edges of the flowers with a bone folder and added a few gems and when you adhered them with the 3D Foam Tape it gives them a bit of dimension. Bending the butterflies in the middle before you add them to the page also does the same thing. I used pattern 13 in the Make It From The Heart Vol. 3 Ideas Book for this layout. I have only used the right side as a single page layout.










For this layout I used pattern 16 from the same How To Book, one of the great things about using these sketches is for each layout you have 4 options just by rotating the sketch in each direction. Again I have only used the left page of this layout as I only had 2 photos of this event. This is usually a rare occurrence for me, I normally have heaps of photos and needing to cull them is usually a problem. I have rotated the sketch so I have the strip of pattern paper on the top instead of the bottom. To decorate the layout I have used some of the elements in the Compliments pack and I've used the great Alphabet dies for the Happy Birthday title.








The new Gift Card Box Thin Cut die (Z4150) is a dream to use and you can decorate it any way you desire, I have used the beautiful bold flower paper to decorate the top of the box and complimentary papers for the sides. You can stamp the box with a background stamp before you cut it out for a different look, adding a ribbon would be lovely. The lovely butterfly stamp and a sentiment is just what is needed to enhance the box. This new die allows you to quickly and easily cut a 3.5" x 2.75" x .75" folded box. There is the option to add a window or a tag to the box. As the name implies the box fits a gift card perfectly or maybe some tea lights or a few chocolates.



 


  To continue the hop click here to go to Megan's blog I am sure she will have something wonderful to share. I really appreciate it when you take a moment and leave a comment before moving on to the next blog.

Monday, 1 January 2018

January Stamp of the Month

Happy New Year and welcome to the January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you arrived here from Nell's blog you are in the right place, if you arrived here by chance I hope you like what you see. To continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.




 
The January stamp of the month Bloom and Grow S1801 is absolutely gorgeous, I love all of the sentiments. You can buy this stamp set for $27.00 or for only $7.50 with a purchase of $75.00 during the moth of January. I hope my projects gives you lots of ideas to produce your own special creations.


My main passion is scrapbooking but I also love card making and other paper crafts. This layout was a labour of love, my niece has longed for a baby for many years and finally in 2015 she had a beautiful baby girl. I was fortunate enough to visit her in the Bahamas shortly after Mia was born and was one of the first few people to meet her. Pattern 22 from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 3  was the inspiration for this layout. I used papers from the Adventure Paper pack Z3351 and it complimented these photos perfectly. The flowers were cut using the Flower Market Cricut cartridge Z3285, and I used the Artiste cartridge for the frame for the "Let Love Grow" sentiment. I was really please with the look of the stamped heart, the small leaves looked beautiful around the Bloom Where You Are Planted sentiment.




I had such fun creating this bag, I had the intention of making a pretty girlie bag but at the last minute decided to work out of my comfort zone and make this steampunk themed bag. The "Grow Your Own Magic" sentiment worked great. These bags are cheap to buy from the $2.00 shop and this allows you to personalize them however you like. The gears and the wing was cut using the Artiste Cricut cartridge, the stamps are from a Halloween set that unfortunately is no longer available. The buttons are also from my stash of discontinued products. CTMH are always bringing out beautiful new products, but I always have a few items left over from past collections and you never know when they will come in handy.  


This card is called a Z fold card, I used one of the cards from the Value Pack X254 this pack is so economical you get 50 cards and envelopes for just $23.00. You fold the front of the card in half from right to left then add what ever shape front panel you desire as decoration, a heart or circle would look great as well. The card uses papers from the Enchanted Fundamental Paper pack,Z3352  and I used Pomegranate  and Olive Inks for the stamping. Place a piece of white cardstock on the inside to add a greeting. Adding a few gems really finishes off the card.



Are you ready for a new year of fabulous ideas and products? The new Seasonal Expressions catalogue is filled with beautiful crafting goodies and is available for purchase from today. You can check out the catalogue on my website.

Thank you for stopping by, to continue the hop click here to go to Maz's blog, she will have created something very special. Please take a moment and leave a comment.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Basic Fundamentals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Basics Fundamentals Blog Hop, if you arrived here from Maz Wood's blog you are in the right place if you arrived here by chance thanks for stopping by. To continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post to go to the next blog.



Close To My Heart had a fantastic special on last month for the four different Fundamental Collections and I splurged and bought all four. I love the Basic Fundamental paper suite, the colours and the patterns of the different papers are so lovely. These papers can be used with lots of different colour cardstock, I envision using these papers and compliments often.


This layout came together quite quickly I used pattern 29 from the Make It From Your Heart Ideas Book Vol 3 (9043) as inspiration for this layout. I also used the grey ribbon with the gold strip running through the middle and the stars and little hearts that were in the compliments pack.


One of my favourite things to do is read and nothing is better than settling down with a cuppa and my latest book. So this project is just perfect. The cup and saucer can be found on the Flower Market Cricut cartridge Z3285, adding a short piece of ribbon, a little cardstock heart and brad and you have a lovely bookmark.



This final bit of whimsy was a joy to create, I used a small canvas (6" x 6") and adhered a torn piece of paper ( I love this sheet with the words on it ) then added a few butterflies using different papers, a stamped sentiment, flowers from the compliments pack and some bling. To give the butterflies a bit of dimension I rolled the edges of the wings using the end of a small paint brush.  I inked the edges of the torn paper with Slate ink and because I didn't like the stark white edges of the flowers I also inked these with Pixie and Slate ink. 


I am so happy you stopped by, to continue the hop click here to go to Georgie's blog, she will have something lovely to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment it is always appreciated.

Friday, 1 December 2017

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the December Stamp of the Month blog hop, if you arrived here from Vandra's  Virtual CTMH Craftroom, I am so happy to have you visit. If you arrived here by chance just click on the link at the end of this post to continue the hop.



The December Stamp of the Month is A Little Bit of Pun S1712 is so cute and will be very useful for card making, scrapbooking or any paper crafts.



I needed to put my thinking cap on to come up with different ideas using this stamp set. I am quite happy with what I have created.  These frames are so easy to make and the puns from this stamp set really adds a fun touch. The frames are cut from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge, you can find the image on page 41, I cut two of each of the frames, first in White cardstock, and then the pattern papers. I can't wait to use these on a layout. It is quite easy to stamp the image and the pun separately and use them as I have.




This second project also starts off with cut images from the Artiste Cricut cartridge, I used the word bubble images found on page 65. These will add some fun embellishments to my page layouts.


 I cut a number of the thought bubbles and have used some different ones on this layout. I did consider throwing out these photos but decided they needed to be added to a "special" layout and love how it has turned out.



  Thank you for stopping by, there is more to see click here to go to Shaunna's blog she will have something lovely to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, we always appreciate them.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Silver and Gold Blog Hop

Welcome to the Australasian CTMH Silver and Gold Blog Hop, if you arrived here from Megan's blog I am very happy to see you. If you arrived here by chance you can continue the hop by clicking on the link at the end of this post to see other great ideas.


The Silver and Gold Scrapbooking kit G1138 has some Christmas theme papers and embellishments but it can also be used for other projects as well, because there are black and white papers and compliments as well. The silver and gold glitter compliments are so pretty.
I decided to make a box, a bag and a gift card holder ready for Christmas.  All of the projects were easy to make.

This first box only takes a relatively small piece of cardstock, (4" x 11") you can view a video here for instructions on how to make this box. The finished size is 4"x 2"x1" and the pattern paper on the top is 3.75" x 1.75". This may appear a very small box but it will easily hold chocolates or a special gift.  I coloured the holly berries with a Shin Han Marker and added a white ribbon.



This second project is gift bag and you can find instructions here to make the bag, you will need a piece of paper 9" x 12" and a few strips of cardstock. I have added a diecut deer and a little metal heart from my stash to decorate the bag. The deer was stamped with Versamark Ink Z891 and heat embossed with White embossing powder Z2068



My last project is a quick and easy to make gift card holder. You can find a video here with instructions. I have added the nativity stamp from the First Noel C1688 stamp set to continue the Christmas theme but of course you can add any stamp you choose, to embellish the belly band.



Thank you for stopping by, I hope my projects inspire you to create your own. To continue the hop click here to see what amazing creations Maz has to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, it is always appreciated.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop, if you arrived here from  Maz's amazing blog, you are in the right place if you arrived here by chance I hope you see something you like.



The November Stamp of the Month "Through the Year" is such a versatile stamp set you can use is for card making, scrapbooking or other paper projects. I am so keen to see what everyone has created using this stamp set. I love the font used for the months, and all the different icons are so cute. This stamp set is only $7.50 with a purchase of $75.00 or $27.00 if you buy just the stamp set.


It was so much fun creating this card, the background frame was cut with the Artbooking Cricut cartridge at 4 inches and the card base is 4 and a quarter inches. The different icons were stamped and then coloured with the Shin Han Markers. I find fussy cutting quite relaxing so I enjoy doing it. The CTMH Non Stick Micro Tip Scissors really do make it quite easy. A little bling always adds a special touch.


I am slowly catching up on family album and this layout is from last year, a day outing to Elizabeth Quay. The kids had a really fun time and it was a lovely day, the weather was perfect. I used the December and two of the Christmas trees from the stamp set.



Thanks for stopping by, to continue the hop click here to go to Rachel's blog and check out her great project. Please take a moment and leave a comment it is always appreciated.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Beary Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop, if you arrived here from  Nell Ward's blog you are in the right place if you arrived here by chance I hope you see something you like.



The Beary Christmas papers and compliments are so lovely. I do love the traditional Christmas colours of red and green but the added bonus of the soft blue is gorgeous. 

This card was so easy to create, these papers just look beautiful together. The JOY is cut using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge and I used the 3D Foam Tape to raise it slightly off the card. A few of the Red Gems Z3090, some red ribbon and a little Christmas tree from my stash finishes off the card.


This layout uses different papers, the Christmas trees and bears are so cute. I have a cut a Merry Christmas sentiment from the Flower Market Cricut cartridge and have also fussy cut one of the bear and wreath for added decoration. I haven't bought the new Beary Christmas stamp and thin cuts yet but the the bear stamp from the previous Seasonal Expressions catalogue and a Santa hat from last year's stamp made a good substitute.


I wanted to show that some of these papers can be used for projects other than Christmas, the blue paper is such a pretty soft colour I used it to make a bookmark. This paper looks so good with Champagne cardstock


There is still more to see, so click here to go to Kara's blog she will have something wonderful to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment they are always appreciated.