Sponged embossed flowers

Kaleidoscope Double page spread.

 

Hi everyone, I hope you have all been creating great projects. This one I am sharing with you today is one I worked on for a while. It has many elements which will take you a while to complete. These are ones you can either keep in your albums or display in shadow boxes.

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Double page spread using Kaleidoscope idea from cherish how to book.

The page layout was very easy and quick to put together. The idea is page 59 of the Cherish how to guide. It provides the cutting instructions and layout instructions. If you haven’t seen one of these books before they are worth buying. They give you so many ideas you can modify to create fantastic flowing layouts.

The title fun was cut with the artfully sent cartridge.

The Flowers and flower borders are from the Art Philosophy cartridge. The larger flowers have all been coloured with the watercolour pencils and cut from watercolour paper.

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Water colour flower embossed and layered.

The smaller flowers are from white daisy card stock and then coloured using a sponge and ink. To colour these I sponged the lighter ink from the centre swiping out and with the darker ink I start from the edge and quickly swipe to the centre; Just to add colour to the tip of the flower.

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Sponged flowers scattered on page

Once the flowers have been coloured I then put them upside down on my embossing matt. Using the embossing tool I then emboss each petal. Turning the flower upright I use the tool in the centre of the flower to curl the flower up. (Stay posted I will post at a later date a video showing how to do this).

Using Liquid Glass place a small amount on the bottom of one flower and place so it sits off centre with the flower below. Using the embossing tool push the flower together. Once in place you can then manipulate the petals to sit how you wish.

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Sponged flowers layered to edge photo

I scattered the sponged flowers on the page and glued them down using liquid glass. I then placed the large watercolour flowers on the page and glued them down.

There isn’t much to this projects but to create so many little flowers and to colour the flowers does take a bit of time. It is an enjoyable project and I hope you give it a go.

Happy Papercrafting everyone

Tanya

 

 

 

Products used:

Kaleidoscope Paper pack

Sponge

watercolour pencils

paint brush

Honey ink

Cranberry ink

cotton candy ink

watercolour paper

Art Philosophy cartridge

Arfully sent cartridge

 

Gypsy card with heat embossed feathers

Share the Love

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Hello and welcome aboard our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Maz’s  Inky Fingers then you are in the right place.

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Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Share the love stamp set.

If you haven’t heard before close to my heart is not just about scrapbooking. They also provide support for operation smile. Never heard it before? Well here is a brief explanation.

Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. Facial deformities like these can result in difficulty speaking, malnourishment, and social ostracism. Operation Smile, an international non-profit, organises volunteers and resources to aid these children, their parents, and their communities by performing life-saving surgeries and advocating for sustainable healthcare systems.

You can make donations anytime you order from your consultant. You can also purchase many selected items that will automatically donate proceeds to the cause. The Share the love stamp set is available for this month only and $7 will be donated to Operation Smile.

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When I saw this stamp set I had two ideas immediately pop in my head. I have seen a few gypsy things in shops again lately so seeing the arrows I had to create a gypsy card.

I cut out the feathers and then decided to heat emboss them. The gold feather was created by running it over the versa mark pad and then covering it with gold embossing powder. The purple one was created by running it over the pigment ink pad and then covering it with clear embossing powder.

As these images were already cut I placed them on the All purpose mat So that I didn’t burn myself. (which is likely to happen). Remember safety first.

I stamped all the images I wanted to use and then assembled my card adding a trim of purple shimmer trim. If you want full instructions contact me and I will email them to you.

 

share the love gypsy card

The second card that I wanted to created was inspired by the camera stamp. I had envisioned a polaroid. I wanted to create a card that was different. I have left the polaroid blank for this picture only. I will be attaching a photo to the matt and writing their name on the white of the polaroid. This will make it unique and personalised. It will read you make me smile _name__.

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These cards are very simple and will make a greta quick project for you to try. The great thing about these cards is you can use these ideas both on a card or on a page layout.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my ideas. Please leave comments before continuing to Doris Taylor’s blog creative inspiration. Remember purchasing this stamp set will not only allow you to create some fantastic cards/pages but will mean you will be putting a smile onto someone’s face.

Contact me for more information on any of these cards or operation smile.

 

Tanya Armitage

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To be or not to be ruined?

Sometimes we do a project and things just don’t go as to plan. With this card I had a few minor mistakes that I thought would look good, only to have at the end of it something happen and I went NOOOOO!

After stamping the sentiment I was glueing the flowers in place and didn’t realise that me being me had ink on the outside of my pinky. (Those who know me well will realise I am a mess. I often spill something or get myself dirty all the time) So when I placed that flower down my hand rested on the card and bam, black little dot appears under the sentiment, just like that pimple as a teenager that made an appearance before a big event with lots of photos.

 

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What to do what to do?

So I could try to cover it up with some Bling, flowers or other element. The spot where it is I don’t know if another element would really work there.

I could try and dump it. I could say damn this card is ruined and just start again. However I didn’t want to waste all my work.

I could also just leave it. Which is what I decided to go with. I had a few reasons behind choosing this option.

  1. I didn’t like the first two options for fixing it.
  2. I could show you all that these things happen to us all and
  3. I try to find the positive in most things. These little imperfections don’t ruin the card they show someone that I took the time to hand make this card. It shows everyone that it isn’t store brought and that it is personal.

So what would you have done? Cover it, Dump it or leave it?

Shhhhh  don’t tell anyone but I did cover one little mistake up, the large flower. When you use an embossing tool the paper needs to have enough give for it to be pliable. I find it needs to have many separate petals or if not you will need to either cut them or use a little water spritz to help make it pliable.

This particular flower I forgot to spritz and when working with it caused a little tear in the base. I knew it was going to be stuck down on this particular place and I could also add a bit of bling to ensure it would’t be seen. (Phew crisis averted) Play around with the embossing tools and many different forms of flowers and you will see what works for you.

If you are a CTMH buyer you have seen our catalogues, if you haven’t feel free to hit annual ideas tab and the seasonal expression tab on my home page to download to browse at your own leisure. There are some fantastic stamps there.

 

 

For this card I have used the The best Things Stamp set. This stamp set is not featured in any of the CTMH catalogues but is found on my OBA. There are a few other stamp sets that do not appear in the catalogue so PLEASE take some time to browse all the stamps sets available here.

I hope you like this card and have learned a bit from my mistakes.Feel free to share your experiences with a “ruined project”.

best things card

La Vie En Rose card

La Vie En Rose Australasian blog hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Denise’s scrap stamp share then you are in the right place.

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Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s La vie en rose paper pack. I just love this paper pack. Not only is the rose page stunning but there are some black and white pages that can be very versatile and suit all ages and genders.

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I have kept this simple for a quick and easy layout. The idea is based on idea 2e from the Reflections how to book. This page would be great as either a title page or a left hand page. If you haven’t seen one of these how to books before I recommend you have a look at your consultants. They give you so many suggestions that can be modified for page layouts and can give suggestions for companion layouts that allow you to create amazing Double page spreads.

The images stamped are from  the January 2016 stamp of the month. I have added a bit of sparkle with the silver shimmer trim. As I stamped a border I felt it needed a border at the top too. As I have said this is quick and easy to do and can be modified to suit your needs. I hope you give it a try.

I have also created a card I hope you like. I have used cotton candy card stock to edge the card as well as white daisy for the bottom and the stamped image. The image is from the brand new Springtime Wishes stamp set. I have used the fantastic new Springtime Thincuts to cut out the shape of the flower and then have stamped the image onto the die cut. I just love our stamps being acrylic as it allows you to see where you stamp on the cut each time creating a near perfect fit. Watercolour pencils were used to add a light colour to the image.

I have cut along some of the petal lines on the bottom of the stamped image.  This is so that when I use the embossing tool it allows the paper to curl without tearing. Remember when you emboss to use the foam matt. The image below hopefully can show you the effect I was going for.roseclosecard copy

I have added a gem to the centre of the flower and coloured it to add a bit of bling. To hide the join of the white card and the paper I have used ribbon. Sometimes you do not want that hard edge of a join and ribbon or trim are great ways to hide this. When I stick ribbon to my cards or pages I use liquid glass. This ensures that it will not move.

 

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This card is very quick and easy to do. I love simple cards as they can be so effective and suit all crafting abilities.

Thank you for stopping by. Please leave a comment before you hop on over to view the fabulous ideas that Leah will share at Cameron’s Corner.

If you haven’t got a consultant already please contact me on 0407581163 or tanya.armitage@me.com

Happy Paper Crafting everyone

Tanya

Love embossing

Have you tried embossing?

Today I will talk about two ways of embossing. There are variations and further ways to improve on these techniques but I will be talking about the basics today of heat embossing with powder and dry embossing with folders. I love both equally and have a project using both techniques.

I remember heat embossing when I was a child with my mother. We didn’t have the heat guns back then. What we used to do was turn the toaster on and hold the card stock above it. That idea still works today so if you can’t afford a heat gun just whip out the old toaster and give it a go.

To begin have a piece of a4 paper with a fold in the middle handy. Stamp your image or sentiment with the Versamark Stamp Pad. Then using one of the embossing powders cover the stamped image with powder. Tip the excess onto the a4 paper and tap the back of the card to ensure all excess has left the area around the image. Then pour the powder back into the container. By having the fold in the paper to begin with that acts as the funnel and ensure it is easy to pour back into the container ensuring you are not wasting any. Then using your heat gun heat the powder so it melts.

If you are using a toaster then do heat from underneath. Also remember when using any heat instrument keep the paper from an element as it can catch fire. Sorry just had to put that here as I don’t want to be responsible for not adding a warning.

When dry embossing most crafters will have a big shot or a cuttlebug. I have the big shot and find that it is extremely sturdy for all my needs. Do not fret if you do not own one of these machines. You can still use embossing folders. All you need is a rolling pin and a hard surface. Place your card stock in the embossing folder and press heavily on the rolling pin to add pressure as you roll it over the entire card. That is all those expensive machines are doing anyway.

Give it a go and see if you can get the same results. Have you got any other tips like this you want to share with me? Either comment below or email me at tanya.armitage@me.com and share your tips on what you use.

Below is a card that I have used both heat embossing and dry embossing on. I have left a blank space in my embossing to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment. If you would like the instructions to make it simply make a purchase from My OBA before January 31 2016and I will email them to you. There is no minimum order requirement for this.

I hope you give these ideas a go and share your thoughts below.

Happy Paper Crafting everyone

Tanya

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CTMH January 2016 SOTM card and envelope

Cards with a splash of colour

Hi everyone and welcome to my first post for 2016. I have much happening in my life to keep me busy. I have undertaken the role of activity coordinator for Tiny Tappers; a group that promotes coordination and confidence through dance/movement for children with disabilities. It is a wonderful group and will keep me on my toes all year.

Despite this I have made myself a promise to escape the stress of life through crafting rather than reading. So you will be seeing more of me. I am not sure if I will save money buy not buying books because I may just spend the money of new craft supplies. oh well but a lot of fun to be had.

Speaking of new craft supplies the new year has brought with it a new Seasonal Expression 1 idea book. You can view and download it from the link. As usual each month there is a new Stamp of the Month. This month it is the gorgeous Beloved Bouquet stamp set. This Stamp set is stunning and has so many uses. It will be one I will constantly use. You can purchase this stamp set for $7.50 with any qualifying purchase or for $27 full price but only through January.

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Sometimes you do not want to keep your cards simple. Sometimes I can find paper can distract from the impact of a stamped image. I am not sure if that is just me or if others find this as well.

I had a lot of cards to make before christmas and wanted some cards that were quick and easy. I came up with the below cards. The one on the left is coloured with watercolour pencils and the one on the right I left monochromatic. I personally feel that the monochromatic pops more against the colour than the other. What do you think?

I have sponged some colour across the middle of card and then stamped the image over the top. I have raised the flower just to give it some depth.

When I sponge I find I get the best results to add ink to my sponge and rub a little off on scrap paper first before I then apply it to the card. This helps eliminate the risk of getting splotches of heavy ink in some areas.

I also find putting pressure on the song and applying in a circular motion allows for a much smoother and even finish. I do like to stamp the envelopes and I have done so on only two corners of the cards.

If you would like the instructions to make this card please contact me via email: tanya.armitage@me.com

Below are some more cards I have made using the same style. As you can see they are simple but effective. Please comment and let me know what you think and share some of your own cards using this technique too.

 

I hope you all give this a try this weekend. Happy paper crafting everyone

Tanya Armitage

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CTMH Nevermore double page spread

CTMH Nevermore paper pack bloghop- Halloween layout and invite

Hello and welcome aboard our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Shaunna Richards Passionate about Pages then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Today I would like to share with you my ideas with using the Nevermore Paper Packet. This Paper Pack is featured in the new Holiday expressions.

Halloween invite.

Halloween invite.

Around my area people will have a party for the kids so they can go around trick or treating together. This creates a bit of safety in numbers and also they give the neighbours warning so that there is plenty of fun for all those participating.

With this in mind I created this cute little invite.

I used Trick or Treat Sweets stamp set to stamp on the 1¼” square tiles. The corners have been removed from the tiles with the Corner rounder. My one tip for those making invites is when you finish them add a piece of magnetic tape to the back of it. This allows the recipient to place it on the fridge.

I have also created a double page spread using the Nevermore Paper Packet. When deciding on a design concept I look at the photo’s I want to use rather than trying to match photos after.  I have one photo I will be cutting into 3 parts. With that in mind I went hunting through the how to programs for a design that I found suitable. My final decision was to use 1a Master for the left side and 6h Alternate on the right from the Reflections How To Book. I liked these two designs together because there was an element that flowed from one page to another giving it continuity. For that element I decided to use the Green Shimmer Trim. It is a new product and works wonderfully with the colours of this pack.

I have used the Sanding Kit on all card stock. I wanted the misty/old look that is associated with Halloween and this tool gives these pieces that look. I just love it don’t you?  I also do this on old photos to help blend them into the design. The Halloween title is from the Artiste Cartridge, and the cobweb corners are from the Artbooking Cartridge.  To finish off these pages I have used the Nevermore Compliments and Slate Diagonal striped Ribbon.

Nevermore double page layout Thank you for stopping by. Please leave a comment before moving on to Expressions of the Heart by Wendy Hopper.

I hope you have been inspired to do some crafting of your own. Please feel free to contact me about any of my ideas or products.  Happy papercrafting everyone.

CTMH christening card

Baby Christening.

Sunday was a day for celebration. Not only was it Father’s Day here in Australia but it was also the day my friend had her baby girl Baptised. I wanted to make a card for her but as with life time got away from me. So the morning of I spent 30 minutes trying to decide what to do. I didn’t have any religious stamps so I decided to use the stars from the new Charming Cascades stamp set. This stamp set is my favourite from the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book.

I used the Versamark to stamp the stars. I then heat embossed with silver embossing powder. If you are wanting to heat emboss and do not have one of those plastic embossing trays, here is a tip that I do. Fold a piece of A4 paper in half, after stamping in Versamark put the image over the folded paper. Pour an even amount of powder over the stamped image. Tip the card on its side so the excess falls off and onto the folded paper. When you have removed all excess powder you can then pour all the powder back into the container. This will make your powder last longer. The fold in the paper acts as a funnel to make pouring back into the container easier.

Here is a tip for all you crafters who never have the right wording/phrase stamp when you are looking for it. Use an alphabet stamp. This way you can spell out the words you need. This is cost effective as you don’t need to buy a stamp for that occasion you may only need once or twice. As I have no religious stamps I used an alphabet stamp set to stamp GOD BLESS.

You can use this design for all different events. Just change the sentiment on the card for a thank you or a congratulations card.

Thank you for taking the  time to read this post. Please leave a comment with any feedback you have. Would love to hear what other’s think or have used similar designs.

Heat embossed Christening card.

Heat embossed Christening card.

Minnie Mouse cricut card

Minnie Mouse Cricut Card.

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Today I want to share with you a card I made at the request of a friend. She wanted a Minnie Mouse card made for her cousin who is turning 1. I had fun making this card. It was quick and easy and a great way to use up some scraps for Minnie mouse.

As you may be able to tell from my previous post. I love the Disney characters. So yes I own a few of the Cricut cartridges digitally. This Minnie mouse layered image come from the Disney- Mickey & friends Cricut cartridge. I set the size at relative 4″. If you are going to try this and are new to Cricut, using Relative dial size automatically sets each item for cutting to be set at the size to match the black base/shadow image.

The card was made to measure 5×7. I cut a piece of black card stock measuring 4¾” x 6¾”. I then cut a piece of white card stock to 4″x 5¼”. This white piece I then embossed with the dot embossing folder.

I followed the assembly instructions in the handbook for Minnie mouse. I Attached her to the embossed card stock. Adhered the black card to the 5×7 card and then attached the embossed white on an angle to the black card. I feel that by placing it on an angle adds a point of interest for the card.

I then glued the balloon to the position I was happy with and then glued the string down. I used liquid glass to attach the string, I find when sticking fabric down it is best. I just get a little bit to the tip and then wipe along where I want so there is no leakage onto the project.

I had some black and white spotted ribbon and made a bow and positioned it in the corner of the white embossed card. I tried to make sure none of the ribbon was outside the card space as I didn’t want to squash it too much when placing in the envelope.

I hope this inspires you to create some cards this weekend. Please feel free to pin this to Pinterest for future reference and to share it with your friends.

Adding that little touch to make your event memorable.

There are many events that you have in your life that you want to make special. With modern times comes modern convenience’s. Many people today will just use Facebook or text message to create an event and send out invites. Other’s will go out and buy generic decorations or thank you gifts. for those stuck for time that is all good. However, for events that you want people to realise are important and distinguish them from others, sometimes those small little touches make the difference. It can just be the invites. Remember they are the first thing people see when you tell them about your event.

Personalised  birthday invite

Personalised birthday invite

Reverse of invite

Reverse side of invite

For a family event that we wanted people to others to make a big deal with we handmade these invites. They were quick and easy and made people take note of that special occasion. We made the invites more personal by adding a photo of the person we were celebrating. You can add photos for many different invites or even thank you. A wedding or birth thank you with a photo makes people remember the event well after the date.

For an event that you want to have fun at try making some of your own decorations. Personalising a sign, making something that can’t be brought commercially will help add to the atmosphere of your event. For a recent baby shower we made raindrops to hang under an umbrella and under tissue clouds. Very inexpensive but that one touch is what many people were talking about on the day.

Rain clouds baby shower decorations. Very inexpensive decoration

Rain clouds baby shower decorations. Very inexpensive decoration.

umbrella baby shower decoration

umbrella baby shower decoration

Great way to add colour and fun to any event. Personalise to suit your event.

Great way to add colour and fun to any event. Personalise to suit your event.

We handmade the thank you tags that were attached to our gifts. Having a handmade tag can even make an inexpensive gift look special. Remember that a thank you gift is something that people take home with them and will show others. Having that non commercial touch to those gifts makes a person feel appreciated.

It's a girl thank you tags made these very inexpensive gifts look special.

It’s a girl thank you tags make these very inexpensive gifts look special.

I hope that these little ideas will help inspire you to make those personal touches to your event.