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Saturday, 30 August 2014

CTMH Christmas Card

Here's a very simple Christmas card I whipped up last night, using Close to My Heart products from the new 2014-15 catalogue. 

I've used a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 card base from Kaisercraft - I have just finished making cards with this pack and I love the colour - almost Kraft, and great for men's cards. 

Repeatedly stamp the label from Holiday Labels/Occasions down the left hand side.  Ink one in New England Ivy with the Cranberry message, and cut out. 

Adhere the Dark Chocolate stripey ribbon onto the card with Glue Lines, and glue the edges with wet glue to prevent fraying. 

Cut a scalloped edge with the Fiskars Threading Water punch and adhere on the bottom of the ribbon. 

Stamp the holly from the Sing Glory Hostess set, and cut out.  Apply the label greeting onto the card with 3D pop dots, and then adhere the holly with wet glue onto the ribbon. 

Add some Candy Cane Stickles around the edge of the label and as tiny dots to represent the berries on the holly.  Go ahead and fill in the round spaces of the scalloped edge border die cut. 

Stand back and admire! I think this card would be particularly suitable for men, or for people who like clean and simple designs. 


Close to my Heart stamp sets Holiday Tags, Sing Glory
Close to my Heart wide ribbon Dark Chocolate stripe
Kaisercraft card base (or use Kraft)
Kraft cardstock for scallop
Fiskars Threading Water punch
Candy Cane Stickles (red)
Cocoa, Cranberry and New England Ivy Close to My Heart Exclusive Inks
Quick and easy! :)

Friday, 15 August 2014

Chinchilla Show Sideshow Alley

I am gradually working toward getting recent unfinished projects completed before I even begin to think about new ones ...

This CTMH Picture My Life layout was started shortly after the Chinchilla Show which was 23rd May this year.  However, life and circumstances got in the way, and I had cropped all the photos I wanted to use, adhered them to bits of paper, and had to leave the embellishing till another time.  So over the last few days, I have been adding stamping and bits and pieces in order to get these layouts completed. 
Left hand page
Right hand page  
None of the photos were brilliant, and they were all snapped so quickly, so they could easily be cropped down to this style of page.  I didn't have a lot more to say, so I could easily limit the journaling to one Project Life card and let the photos speak for themselves. 
I love the vibrancy and bright colours of the Free to be Me paper pack, but most of the paper doesn't take direct stamping, as there is an embossed pattern on the solid colour pages.  I rectified the stamping here by going over the colour with a permanent pen. 
Most of the stamping was onto white card, which was then adhered onto the pages - more colour contrast that way.  I also outlined the "Cherish This" stamped image with a matching Promarker (an alcohol marker like Shin Han) so that it stood out a little bit against the busy background. 
The boys were by far the smallest children on this tall inflatable slide, but they showed no fear - they were squealing with delight, which makes me so happy to see. 
Here's what the layouts look like side by side:

Close to My Heart "Free to be Me" paper pack, Black Shimmer Trim, Chevron Punch
CTMH stamp sets
  • Believe in Yourself - Everyday Life
  • Fast and Furious
  • One Way Borders - Flair
  • Take  Note - Cricut Bundle
  • My Life - Cricut Bundle
  • Kaboom - Stamp of the Month
Assorted washi, Promarker, Black Permanent Marker, Gems, Brad, Project Life elements
Pebbles "Love You More" Journaling and Quote Card

Great to have finished another layout amidst the chaos of boxes.  Back with more soon! :)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Project Life - July 2014 Moving Again

There has neither been time nor the inclination to scrapbook with all the turmoil and upheaval in our recent history, but in the past week, I have sat down and started to document our recent move.  I didn't take any photos, but thought it was just as important to journal my feelings and emotions because I want to remember this how it is, whilst still being creative with papers, and embellishments. 

I find it easier also to use up older style scrapbooking stash in the Project Life/Picture My Life style as you cut things down and use them on a smaller scale. 

Left hand side page above

Right hand side page above
And to follow, both pages together so you get the idea. 
I used a lot of CTMH stamps mixed with other elements, and am happy with how the pages turned out. 
Kaisercraft Now Boarding Collection "Departure Lounge" patterned paper
Simple Stories Urban Traveller sn@p Card
Pebbles "Love You More" Journaling and Quote cards
Project Life journalling card
Simon Says Stamp! Dark Chocolate Premium Die Ink
PSX Stamps "Antique"
Studio Calico Mistables
MME Penny Lane - Free Bird "Love" large accessories
Heidi Grace flocked alphabet stickers
Derwent Inktense Coloured Pencils
Sizzix leaf die, Tim Holtz Sizzlets Decorative Strip "Typeset"
Washi Tape - Francheville Masking Tape and other
K and Co Alphabet tiles
Dear Lizzy acrylic stamps (camera)
MM Rub-ons "Mixed Brite", Tiny Alphas "Brown Ledger"
Close to My Heart Stamps: - "My Life" Cricut Bundle, "Balloon Talk" Stamp of the Month (Feb 2014), "It's the Little Things" Stamp of the Month (November 2014), Cranberry and Lagoon inks

I am very happy that I've gone on to use up the whole sheet of MME Penny Lane die cuts, whether it be here or on simple cards that I've made subsequently - one item of supplies used up completely makes me feel justified in buying it, no matter how many years later! Something that I mean to do with the numerous rub-ons I still have in my stash.  I will just make it part of my next crafting mission!

I am working amongst chaos and jumble, with nowhere to unpack anything due to the lack of suitable storage, which I am finding it difficult to source in Hervey Bay.  Hopefully when having to go to the dentist in Brisbane next week, I will find time to get to Ikea  to maybe partially address this issue .... thanks for visiting.  :)