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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Men's cards - Crate Paper Brook

Last Sunday was Father's Day here in Australia, so I made a card for Paul from the boys, and one for my Dad. 

I NEVER usually go mad and buy a whole paper range, but I certainly did for this one - I still just love it.  Great earthy colours yet still vibrant and bright, and really suitable for lots of different subjects. 

I usually just make cards with my left overs, but I just grabbed this container and started to go for it. 

 
The above one was for my Dad.  The mini chevron punch, gems and stamps are all CTMH. 
 
 
Happy birthday Michael!  I used one of the embellishment stickers and some punched leaves.  Ribbon and mini ricrac stuck down with Glue Lines - amazing stuff. 
 
 
Some of the different patterned papers, cut into strips and inked around the edges.  One of the chipboard stickers and then edged with aqua stickles for some bling!
 
 
Supplies:
Crate Paper Brook patterned paper, stickers and chipboard
Close To My Heart Holiday Tags stamps, gems, chevron punch
Stone coloured mini ricrac, white ribbon
Aqua Stickles
Simon Says Stamp! Dark Chocolate ink
 
I have a feeling that this range will be used up to the entire centimetre .... but it should be adorning some Project Life pages soon, I suppose!
 
Thanks for stopping by.  :)
 

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. 

 
 
Supplies:

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:





Supplies:
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. 
 
Supplies:
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
Promarkers
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.  :)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

CTMH Skylark cards - thank you Chinchilla!

We are now moved into our new house in Hervey Bay, so the period of adjustment and settling in begins.  I have absolutely no inspiration to craft, as there is no order or organisation, and my future scrapping room currently is a dumping ground!

Here are the cards I made for my lovely friends in Chinchilla to say thank you for their friendship and the gift of the boys' bikes and helmets they received at their 3rd birthday party. 

Seeing that I received 25 sheets of this Skylark paper in my consultant's kit, my motto is always to get using! I don't currently know any crafters here in Hervey Bay, and already have a mountain of stash to use, so I may as well create with the Skylark kit whilst it is still relatively fresh to me and get it finished.  However, with each sheet making just four cards, that could obviously take a while! Still, here are some samples. 

 
To the above card, I inked around the edge of the paper with lagoon ink.  Used my scallop scissors to add the Juniper border interest, made a journalling label with a Spellbinders die and added some other flowers - I do prefer smaller flowers to large ones, as I find them more usable on cards. 

 
 
Skylark complements - birdcage, along with a resin flower, placed within a larger fabric daisy.  The dark chocolate scallop interest was left over on my table.

 
The card for the above crafty friend had a change of paper - here I used Studio Calico.  The zigzag circle embellishment holder is a Sizzlits die, which I run through my Bigshot.  The left over strip of Skylark patterned paper was used under the washi tape for extra interest. 

 
Other company washi tape (Doodlebug) with a daisy Prima flower - this helps to "ground" the resin flower, I think. 

 
Lots of left overs here on the above card - the bird Skylark complements, with a resin flower.  All others were left overs. 

 
I used the ticket and daisy centre from the Skylark complements, along with a Spellbinders die and some old Doodlebug sequins, glued on with Glossy Accents. 

 
To the above card, I used the blue ticket, along with the yellow resin bird and green daisy. 
 
To most of the cards, I added Stardust Stickles as a way of adding sparkle and pop! and I also love adding gems and pearls where I can.
 
I only have some larger Skylark complements journalling tiles left, which I shall use on layouts or special cards where appropriate. 
 
Supplies:
CTMH Skylark patterned paper, Skylark complements, Slate striped twist ties, Skylark assortments (resin flowers and birds), Kraft, Lagoon, Juniper and Sweet Leaf cardstock and some other companies' left over scraps
Elizabeth Craft Design dies - thank you
Spellbinders and Sizzlets dies
Various inks
Washi tape
Prima flowers
 
Waiting for some energy and inspiration to begin sorting out my craft room and start creating again ... I am sure it will happen soon!  Thanks for visiting.  :)


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

UK Scrappers 52 Card Challenge 2014 - Week 15

Week 15 - All creatures great and small,  was the challenge for that particular week.  Not really a clever interpretation, but at least a bird is an animal!
 
It was Lily's 3rd birthday on Sunday and here is her card. 
 
 
Before leaving the UK, I stamped out lots of these images from a freebie set of stamps Tara acquired - they are adorable,and stamp really well for a free set of magazine stamps. 
 
I got out my Promarkers and coloured in the bird, the border of the journalling plate, and the flowers.  Lots of glitter over the flowers and the bird. 
 
Supplies:
Miss Nelly patterned paper - Kaisercraft
Promarkers
Freebie magazine stamps, "Curly Cute" Stampin' Up!, alphabet and number stamps by Image Tree
Doodlebug Fancy Frills glitter hearts
Lagoon ink - Close to My Heart
 
Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Lily. x
 
 
 


Saturday, 21 June 2014

UK Scrappers 2014 52 Card Challenge - Week 23

This week's challenge was from photo inspiration - something Nat pinned to Pinterest. 

 
 
And here's my aqua and yellow card, using mainly CTMH products from the Skylark range for my friend Kerry's birthday:
 

 
Supplies:
Close to My Heart Skylark Picture My Life card, Teal Shimmer Trim, Skylark Chipboard, patterned paper (Yellow Quatrefoil), Complements (Daisy), Assortment (Yellow Resin Daisy), Cardstock Juniper and Slate, Slate and Lagoon inks
Small Scallop Scissors
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dlites Blooms 3
Stampin' Up! Curly Cute sentiment
Stardust Stickles
 
I really like this card, though it did cause me a few head-scratching moments and took longer to execute than it should. 
 
I made her a batch of cards as a little present, so I will be back to share those when I've had a chance to upload.  Thanks for your visit! :)