Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Jack Australasian Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to the Jack Australasian Blog Hop, if you arrived here from Doreen Watkins' blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance I hope you enjoy what you see and to continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.



When I first saw this paper collection my immediate thought was I don't have any camping photos, but after looking through my photos I found these photos that work really well with the papers.
The kit contains:
1 – Jack paper packet (X7222B)
1 – Jack Complements (X7222C)
4 – cardstock sheets (1 Juniper, 2 Whisper, 1 White Daisy)
1 – black & white dots (Z3314)
1 – Whisper thick twine (Z3095)

 My nephew married a lovely girl from England and they live in London, last year they came for a visit with they two beautiful daughters and Clara's mother. We spent a great afternoon together catching up and getting to know Mariella and Camilla. The kids had a fun time playing backyard cricket. I stamped the "Backyard Cricket" title then fussy cut the letters.


As Father's Day is fast approaching  I thought I would make a Father's Day card, I found a similar card on Pinterest and decided this would great way to use paper from this pack. I used one of the cards from the value pack and cut as the sample shows. I decided to cut both the front and back of the card off to make the apron look. The spatula and glove was hand drawn then fussy cut. There are many samples of cooking utensils that can be found on the internet and are easy to copy. I adhered the spatula and glove with thin foam tape. I stitched around the paper edges with a black journaling pen. To finish off the card I used ribbon and brads from my stash.


Thank you for stopping by, to continue the hop click here to see what great project Maz has created you wont be disappointed. Please take a moment and leave a comment, we do appreciate it.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

August stamp of the Month "School Years"

Hello and welcome to the August Stamp of the Month blog Hop, if you arrived here from  Doreen's blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance I hope you see something you like. To continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.

The  august stamp of the month "School Years" S1708 is perfect for all you school photos, or a card for a teacher. Don't you just love the trio of cute hearts.

These layouts are of my nieces two children, and what great kids they are. I love spending time with them and creating memorable layouts with the photos I take of them. Although these photos are actually the yearly photos taken at school.

For this first layout I used bright and fun colours and quite a simple design. I really like the stamp that allows you to add the relevant details about the students. I added the wood frame stamp on top of a piece of black cardstock to create a blackboard.  The pencils were coloured using the Shin Han Markers.





The second layout uses more subtle colours and is also a rather simple design even still I really like these different but great designs. I fussy cut around the word balloon and then stamped the sentiment inside it. The You're a Star stamp is from an old stamp set and is no longer available.




I hope you are getting lots of great ideas for this stamp set. To continue the hop click here to go to Nell Ward's blog, she will have something special to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, they are always very appreciated.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Prickly Pear Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Prickly Pear 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. To continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.

This is such a fun collection to work with. The workshop your way kit is $41.00 and contains
1 – Prickly Pear paper packet (X7221B)
1 – Prickly Pear Complements (X7221C)
4 – cardstock sheets (1 Poppy, 3 White Daisy)
1 – Prickly Pear sequins (Z3324)
1 – blue burlap ribbon (Z3325)

Don't be put off by the cactus paper, there are so many other beautiful papers that you can use for all sorts of projects
My project is a layout with photos from a visit to the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne. The Conservatory houses some of the prettiest flowers a beautiful statue and a fabulous fountain.


I hope you are enjoying the hop, to continue click here to go to Vandra's blog and see what great project she has created. Please take a moment to leave a comment, we do appreciate them.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Shaunna's Passionate About Pages, you are in the right place, if you arrived here by chance glad you stopped by. To continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.

The July stamp of the month is Storybook Alphabet S1707 and what a great stamp. This alphabet stamp was so much fun to use. You can stamp it in black ink and colour with the Shin Han markers as I did or there are so many other options.


I am still behind on completing my family albums but I am slowly catching up. I decided to use this lovely stamp to make my title page for my 2017 family photo album. I decided to just use two colours for all of the stamping and colouring in. I used various stamps sets for this project, but pride of place is my title which I stamped then coloured with Turquoise Blue Z2465 and Golden Yellow Z2452 Shin Han Markers. I also stamped and coloured the first letters of the two sayings. The other images were stamped using Lagoon and Canary Ink.

Thank you for stopping by, to continue the hop please click here to go to Nell Ward's blog and see what treat she has in store for us. Please take a moment and leave a comment, we all appreciate them

Thursday, 1 June 2017

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop "Hello Foxy"

Hello and welcome to the Australasian June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you arrive here from Maz's blog you are in the right place, if you arrived here by chance just click on the link at the end of this post to go to the next blog.

The Hello Foxy stamp set is just so cute, the sentiments and floral wreath are perfect for making cards.


To make this card I stamped the wreath, the fox and and the sentiment with Black Ink. I used the Small Round Waterbrush Z3224 and coloured the images using Pomegranate Ink Z2854, Sweet Leaf Ink Z2853, Canary Z2843 and Goldrush Z2823. I also used papers from the Little Dreamer Paper Pack X7210B. Fussy cutting the images are a breeze if you use our Non Stick Micro Tip Scissors Z1836


Thank you for stopping by, click here to go to Woodies Creations, I am sure Chris has something special to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Little Dreamer Blog Hop

Welcome to the Little Dreamer Blog Hop, if you arrived here from Shaunna's blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance great to have you join us, you can continue the hop by clicking on the link at the end of this post.

The Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way (G1126) and Papers (X7219B) are so cute, the unicorn is so on trend at the moment. I have seen numerous unicorn decorative items in the shops recently. The papers and the embellishments are beautiful.



We are a family of readers, from the eldest to the youngest and so I made this bookmark for one of the younger members of the family. I was surprised at how quickly this idea came together, I put a little ink on the All Purpose Mat Z2045 then spritzed a little water using the Spray Pen Z1380 onto the ink then smooshed the white cardstock on to the mat. I used Thistle, Glacier, and Hollyhock Inks. The verse was stamped directly on the bookmark, but the unicorn clouds and stars were stamped on white cardstock and then added to the bookmark using 3D Foam Tape Z1151. I cut a length of Thistle and Glacier Thick Twine and added it to the Bookmark. To finish it off I added a few of the gems that come with the kit.


This layout was a labour of love, my mother has sewn from a young age and as she has gotten older quilting has become her choice of what to sew. It is easier than dressmaking and since she has started quilting she has made a quilt for each of her 18 great grandchildren. You can click on the photo and see a larger photo of this layout so you can appreciate these beautiful quilts.


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying this hop and getting lots of great ideas. To continue the hop click here to go to Vandra's blog. I am sure she has something terrific to share. Your comments are always appreciated.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Live Beautifully Blog Hop

Welcome to the Live Beautifully blog hop, if you arrive here from Maz Wood you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance, I hope you like what you see and continue the hop by clicking on the link at the end of this post.

The Live Beautifully papers and stamp set are only available for this month and is just gorgeous. I love all of the papers, the florals are so pretty and the others are so versatile, they will allow you to create lots of fabulous projects.

                                                                                                                      CC1212B
                                        CC1212C

I wanted to create a layout that showcased the softer colours of this pack and I found this sketch which I thought would work really well. While on holiday in Tasmania last year we spent a wonderful day at "Tasmazia" which is not far from Launceston. There is so much to see and do there. The flowers and sentiments are left over from previous Workshop Your Way kits. I love how Close To My Heart carry over the same colours to new kits, which allows you to use the decorative elements with any number of paper collections. I added gems to the centers of the flowers and a few little butterflies to finish off the layout.



My second project is a simple and easy card, I used the leaves stamps to create the focal image. I stamped the leaves in Pomegranate Ink Z2854 and the Happy Birthday in Cashmere Ink Z2875. I used the Black Dot paper and the Gold Dot Zip Strip and small piece of the Gold Stripe Vellum from the All About Gold Fundamental paper pack Z3246. A gold puffy from a previous Workshop Your Way compliments pack decorated the center of the image, and small glitter gem adds a little bling to sentiment. All items used in my projects can be purchased from my website http://doristaylor.closetomyheart.com.au



To continue the hop click here to go to Chris Woodward's blog to see what she has created. I am sure it is something wonderful. Please take a moment and leave a comment we all appreciate it.

Monday, 1 May 2017

CTMH May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


Welcome to the CTMH May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop, if you arrived here from Nell Ward's blog you are in the right place if you arrived here by chance just follow the link at the end of the post to continue the hop.



May's stamp "Live, Laugh, Love" S1705 is so pretty and is a wonderful addition to my collection. I had such fun creating with this stamp set.


Home decor items was the first thing that came to mind when I sat at my craft table and stated thinking about what I would make with these stamps. I've had this small canvas for quite awhile and thought it would be perfect for this project. The canvas is 7" x  91/2", and I painted it a pale blue. I then stamped the Live, Laugh, and Love images on White cardstock using Black ink. I then coloured them with the Shin Han Markers and fussy cut with the Non Stick Micro Tip Scissors Z1836. These scissors are my favourite and are perfect for fussy cutting. To decorate the canvas I then stamped the flowers and leaves, I added gems and sequins to make the flowers pop. I adhered the flowers and leaves with 3D Foam Tape Z1151. The black gem flourishes are no longer available but they added just the look I wanted to finish this canvas. I love that our Acrylix stamps can be manipulated when place on the blocks, I curved the stem of the center flower before I stamped the image.



This wreath project was a lot of fun to complete, the flowers and leaves were cut using the Cricut Cartridges. The pink flowers can be found on page 30, the purple flowers on page 29, (Flower 1 using the shift key) and the leaves on page 27 all are from the Flower Market cartridge. The white flowers are from the Artiste cartridge, found on page 54 Accent 3 shift key. The centers of the white flowers are pale pink flowers that I have had in my stash for years but they were perfect for these flowers. I inked the edges of these flowers using Pixie Ink Z2844 I just wanted a hint of pink. I stamped the LOVE in Cashmere ink Z2875 and then coloured it with the Shin Han Markers. It really doesn't take long to colour these images. I fussy cut the Love image and adhered to a 1" strip of wood grain paper from the Rustic Home Fundamentals Paper Pack Z3262, I then added this to a strip of black cardstock. To finish off I added a Blush Shimmer Ribbon bow.


Here are close ups of the flowers and LOVE image



I hope you are enjoying this hop, I am very happy you stopped by, to continue click here to go to Vandra's blog. I am sure she has something special to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, it is always greatly appreciated.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Blog hop if you arrived here from Shaunna you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance, I hope you like what you see.

The April SOTM "Flock Together" S1704 is an unusual stamp and I can't wait to see what everyone has created with this stamp.


When I saw this stamp it made me think of the song the 12 Days of Christmas, particularly the 3 French Hens. So I decided to make a Christmas card. As I still had some papers left from the Oh Deer Paper Collection, I used that. I used Glacier, Desert Sand and Whisper Inks and Glacier cardstock to mat the stamping. I used the Inked Alphabet Stamp E1033 and Versamark ink and the Gold Embossing Powder Z2066.



I added a little sparkle to the birds with the Gold Shimmer Brush  Z 3316, a little sparkle goes a long way.


To continue the hop click here to see what creative project Maz has made. Thank you for stopping by.