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Sunshine Birdies March CTMH SOTM blog hop.

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

If you have arrived here from Vandra’s virtual CTMH craft room then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, or from my links, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.
March2016SOTMToday I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s March 2016 Stamp of the Month.

 

I have three projects to share with you today using this cute stamp set.

 

 

The first card I kept simple.  I have used a 5″x12″ piece of card scored at 6″. I have then cut from the front of the card 1 1/2″ off from the top. I have then used the 1 Inch circle punch to cut a semi circle in the the card. I then stamped the images I wanted onto the front and top of the card. I stamped on daisy white a butterfly and then hand cut it. I used the Ink Blot stamp set behind where I wished to place the butterfly. I have then using liquid glass glued the body of the butterfly to the card. This is the finished product. I know it is simple and plain but is a great quick and fun card to do with the kids.

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The next card I made is a step card. I have coloured the birds in with ShinHan touch markers. To create the clouds I used the Springtime wishes Thincuts. I placed the thin cut under the card stock and then using the sanding tool sanded the shape into the card stock. I then used the same thin cut to cut out a piece of daisy white to look like a cloud. I found doing this made a great outline and made them pop and looked fluffy. The one thing I love about this thin cut set is you can use your imagination to make them into other shapes. I then finished this card off with a trim of Silver Shimmer Trim. Here is the finished product. If you would like a detailed instruction guide then please contact me.march sotm step card copy

When I first saw this stamp set the butterfly at the top jumped out at me. I then thought of Winnie the Pooh and the the buzzing bees. So I had to create a fun page using it for photos of my friends youngest. As I used Black card stock for the page I used gold embossing powder for the sun stamp and White embossing powder for the butterflies to ensure they stood out. I traced and cut out the Winnie the Pooh and then using a handmade template I sponged white pigment ink to form the dots leading to the butterflies. I have stamped the sentiment on the page and added the butterfly to ‘S. I love how our stamps are clear. It makes lining them up to do this so much easier than the old red rubber stamps.

If you have seen any of my previous posts. I can’t have a butterfly flat on the page. So again I have cut out a butterfly and glued the body down allowing the wings to have a 3d effect. March SOTM single pagemarch sotm flower close copy

 

I have added more dimension to this page by adding an embossed flower, leaves and twine. Here is a close up of the element.

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I hope you are inspired to do some of the ideas.

This exclusive Sunshine Birdies stamp is only available during March 2016.

It can be yours for just $7.50 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $27 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here Tanya Armitage CTMH page.

I would love for you to leave me feedback before moving on to Shaunna’s Passionate about pages. Don’t forget to share and pin this post.

Enjoy the blog hop and Happy Paper crafting everyone

Tanya

 

tanya.armitage@me.com

0407581163

tanya.armitage.ctmh.com.au

 

 

 

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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

0407581163

tanya.armitage@me.com

Butterfly Gap Card

Butterfly Gap Card

This card uses tone on tone and random stamping techniques. The Butterflies are attached to give the card the 3D look. Uses CTMH stamps and card stock and Cricut cartridge. It is very quick and easy. Give it a go!

Butterfly Gap Card

Hi everyone, Thank you for taking a look at my very first Blog post. I was thinking of what to share and decided to share this card. I came across the idea of gap cards in an old magazine and combined it with my love for butterflies.

When I am not scrapbooking or making gifts and cards for special occasions, I am making cards for all occasions. Besides being girly I love butterflies in my projects as they can be used for many different occasions. There have been many times where I have the intention of making a specific card for someone but sometimes time gets away from us and our plans do not eventuate. By having all occasion cards on hand I am able to use one when these instances occur.

This card is quick and easy and you can use it either this exact card or basic design for many occasions.

I began by trimming two strips from the front of a card. First 1 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and the second at 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.

The second strip will not be needed for this card so you can save it to use on another project.

stamp backgroundCut Two pieces of cotton candy card stock (or any colour you     choose), 1 measuring 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ and 1 measuring 1″ x 2″. From the first piece trim a piece off measuring 1″ x 5 1/4″. Trim a piece of colonial white card stock measuring 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. Sponge the colonial white piece with cotton candy ink.

Stamp background using the stamp set Your Own Kind of Wonderful, I picked two butterflies and used the ‘Tone on Tone’ technique to create my own pattern (Tone on Tone is using the same ink colour as the card stock). Using the random stamping technique I stamped the butterflies alternating them. To give it a more interesting feel I stamped over the edges. I think it looks great. Remember this technique next time you can’t find the exact paper you are looking for. I then attached the these stamped pieces to the card.

From the Artiste Cricut cartridge, Cut 2 solid butterflies (accent 4 shift ‘spring’ image) and 2 filigree butterflies (accent 4 shift ‘K’ image). To assemble the butterflies you slightly bend the wings, doing this will keep the wings away from the glue and give them a 3D look. Use liquid glass or another adhesive on the underbelly of the butterfly. Attach this to the solid butterfly.

Stamp your sentiment onto the Small piece of cotton candy card stock. I embossed mine with white embossing power. Then attach to small colonial white card stock.

Line the loose piece up with the card so it reforms the original card with the 1/2″ gap. put glue on the four corners of the butterflies and place them as to join the loose piece with the main card. Using 3D foam tape to attach the sentiment to also join the two pieces. You have now completed your card. Adjust the wings of the butterfly so they sit to your desired look.

I hope you had fun assembling this card.