Silver & Gold CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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Hi and welcome aboard the Silver and Gold Close To My Heart Australasian Blog Hop. If you have arrived from aMAZing Close To My Heart Creations than you are in the right place. If you have stumbled upon this page than please join in and take a look at the amazing ideas that the Australian Consultants have designed.

Today we are featuring the Silver and Gold papers. I love these papers for their neutral tones but also for the gold foil designs, Which I have used in my design today. It will not matter what colour you decide to decorate this Christmas these papers will suit all your crafting designs if that be scrapbook, off the page or cards. Screen Shot 2017-11-15 at 12.17.51 am

The design I have done today Have kept simple but I have used different techniques to make it a fun card to make.

Be Merry Silver and Gold CTMH card

Firstly I have used a card blank and ruled in pencil a line at 1 3/8″ from the edge of the card. This was so that when I placed the Be Merry Thincuts on the card blank I could ensure that the cut out would be even. I then used the partial die cutting technique. I placed the card black on the Big shot ensuring that the line and base of Be Merry Thincuts were off the platform. I then ran it through the machine to cut the design in it.

I then scored the card at 1 1/4″ from the edge. This gave me a straight line to then cut the excess of the card blank away. (If you have a Cricut you can do this step easily and let the machine cut for you. Ask your consultant for a demonstration and how to purchase one).

Once the excess is cut away I then chose a piece of the patterned paper that I liked and cut a full Be Merry out. I then adhered a piece of the gold foil design paper to the front of the card. I then heat embossed vellum paper. I stamped the present border stamp in versa mark onto the Vellum. I then coated with clear heat embossing powder and heated.  As you can see this softens the good foil up when layered over. I then decorated the card with silver foil tape (you could use Gold) and added a bow to make it look like a present. I also then glued the Be Merry from patterned paper on top of the word on the card.

Clear heat embossed Vellum

This picture shows the subtle design on the vellum by heat embossing with clear embossing powder,

I then heat embossed a sentiment from the Gingerbread friends stamp set onto black card stock. I chose black as I felt it would make the Be Merry pop more. If you didn’t guess from this project. I love Heat Embossing. I am sure you will too.IMG_1021

Thank you for taking a look at my design. Please leave a comment before continuing along to Shaunna’s design at Passionate About Pages.

If you love this pack as much as we do please contact your Close to my Heart consultant. If you do not have a Consultant you can contact me here to order yours today.

Enjoy the ideas on this blog hop and Happy Paper Crafting

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S1711 Through The Year CTMH Stamp Of The Month Australasian Blog Hop

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Hi and welcome aboard the CTMH Australasian blog hop. If you have arrived here from Creative Workshops by Rachel Stribling then you are in the right place. If you have joined us from this post don’t worry just click the link at the bottom of my post when you are finished and join the ride of amazing ideas.

Today I will be sharing an idea that jumped straight into my head when I saw November 2017 Stamp of the Month: Through The Year. I absolutely love the font used for the months in this set. I am a huge fan of script fonts. The great thing is it is only $7.50 with a qualifying order during the month of November.Screen Shot 2017-11-01 at 12.12.40 am

I know most of you will be thinking how often will I use this stamp set. However the Ideas shared today along the blog hop and the twists you can do on my design will have you using this stamp for many gifts all year round.

When I saw this stamp I wanted to decide how I was thinking of different ways I would use it. I know you could use it on frames for school pics or scrapbook layouts. However I though I would personally use it like a journal. I find If I set myself a goal and a time line I will strive to achieve it more than just an idea/wish. So I decided to create a mini album that has fold out pages. I decided to keep it small and have each side of card stock a different month.

To make this album you will need the following products.

  1. 3 sheets of Coloured Card Stock
  2. 1 sheet of B&T Paper (I used Basic Fudamentals which are at 30% saving for November)
  3. 1 sheet of White Daisy Card Stock
  4. Glitter cardstock, ribbon, shimmer Trim or anything you wish to embellish the project
  5. Ribbon or clip rings to join.

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The front cover I decorated last and have used a image from the new You Are Here Cricut cartridge.

You will need to cut 6- 3.25″x12″ strips and 1- 3.25″x10.5″ from the coloured Card Stock. Then cut 12- 3″x3″ squares from both the B&T paper and White Daisy Card stock. Then you will need to cut 12- 7/8″x3″ strips from the white daisy card stock.

Stamp the months onto the 7/8″x3″ strips. I just stamped with Memento Ink. However,  you could also use versa mark and heat embossing powders.

Score each of the 3.25″x12″ strips as follows. Score at 5/8″ then at 1.25″. Move that score line to 3.25″ and score. Move that score line to 3.25″ and score and again move that score line to 3.25″ and score. Using a bone folder fold the score lines. They should fold together so that the small score lines (the first two marks) are the binding and the other pieces fold behind each other. On one side glue the white 3×3 piece near the binding and on the opposite side adhere the white square to to the panel next to the Tab. Adhere the month to the tab. When folded it should look like the picture below.s1711mini album open views1711mini album centre

Adhere the 3×3 B&T paper to the middle panel. Then score the 3.25″x10.5″ piece at 4.5″, 5″, 5.5″ and 6″ marks. Using a hole punch, punch holes in the binding area to be able to assemble. I found it easiest to go from Top and Bottom of each piece trying to make sure it was in the middle of the Binding area. This allowed me to easily punch the cover piece and assemble. You can join them all together with clip rings or with Ribbon.

If you feel you want the binding to be sturdier you can add a little bit of liquid glass to the small folds.

That is the album assembled.

What I intend to do is have the front piece that is seen my wish/goal for the month. The middle piece is a mount so I can add a photo either of the completed challenge or something that happened instead. The last panel that is hidden is for journaling. I will write if I achieved it, when, and what problems may have risen during the challenge.

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The great thing about doing this album with the new card stock is the different shading of colours font and back. It allows for a nice mixture of colours and interest.

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If you do not wish to do this as a goals/new years resolution album, you could do the same design for a brag book for Grandma or Aunts. A photo of the grandchild every month and what they did.

You could also do a Birthday Book and keep track of when everyone’s Birthday’s are.

Teacher Thank you gifts. Record what they did or what you loved most every month with the teacher.

If you do use it for a goals book you could make your goals on exploring your local area or trying something new every month.

Thank you for looking at my design. I hope it is something you feel you can recreate and will give a try. Keep an eye on my blog as I will be posting more ideas for this album and techniques with the Cricut. Remember this stamp set is only available this month through your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant you can contact me here to order yours.

Please continue along this fun blog hop to Passionate about pages and see the amazing idea that Shaunna has designed for you.

Enjoy the inspiration and Happy Paper Crafting everyone

Tanya

Peek-A- Boo card using CTMH little dreamer paper packet

“Little dreamer” Australasian blog hop

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Hello and welcome aboard the Little Dreamer Australasian blog hop. If you have arrived here from Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craft Room then you are in the right spot. If you have stumbled upon us or sent from my email list then please continue along the hop by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post.

          Today’s post features the absolutely stunning Little Dreamer Paper Pack. Screen Shot 2017-05-19 at 11.05.50 pm

This Paper pack has some gorgeous designs and I am sure the amazing ladies in this blog hop will have some amazing ideas showcasing the versatility of them.

My design I am showing you today is a Peek-a-Boo card. These are cute and fun cards and can be used for so many occasions. The Peek-a-Boo cards have a window in the front of the card that when opens allows for another image to appear there. Here is what my card looks like closed and when opened. Note that the image visible in the window when closed in actually attached to the background card stock.

I am using this card for a young girls second birthday who loved hidden images in books so I thought this style card would be perfect for her. I wanted to keep the card child like so I kept it simple and used the glitter complements. What young girl does not like glitter?

Peek-A- Boo card using CTMH little dreamer paper packet

Inside image of peek-a-boo card using CTMH little dreamer paper packet and complements

As you can see when opened the image that appears is a unicorn jumping over a rainbow. I fussy cut the paper and drew the rainbow on card stock and added bling from the complements pack.

The front of the card is decorated with Whimsy ribbon and cut outs using the cricut machine. The holes in the card were done using the Circle Thin Cuts, however you can do this with any shape thin cut.

I have added colour  to my Happy Birthday cut out with ink and sponge. If you wanted a brighter effect you could also use the markers or watercolour paints.

This card is really fun to make so give it a try.

Thank you again for coming along the ride of the Australasian blog hop. Please before continuing along our hop leave a comment. I know the other ladies will have some amazing ideas especially the talented Lauren Moore. Enjoy the ride and don’t forget to pin all the ideas for your inspiration.

Happy Paper Crafting

Tanya

July SOTM ideas

Hi everyone I hope you are enjoying yourselves. I have been busy with my work and a friends wedding that I haven’t been able to do much crafting lately. As you know there is a different stamp available for each month only. The July Stamp of the Month is From the notebookScreen Shot 2016-07-04 at 3.07.57 pm

This stamp would be fantastic on any page layout or card. Also would be great for home made diaries. The following two ideas have been created by Close to My heart corporate office and aren’t they fantastic.

The different images layered/grouped together on the cover of the My creations black mini book look fantastic. Stamping the heart directly onto the paper background makes it look like the paper was printed with it on. The lined stamps make great journaling box that I am sure you will use over and over again in months to come.

There are so many different interactive page layouts and journal ideas around and in our how to books that I know this stamp will work very well with.

Remember this fantastic stamp set is only available during the month of July. You can purchase it for $27 by itself or you can receive it for the discounted price of $7.50 with a qualifying purchase. Take a look at my OBA for a few more great projects created combining this stamp set and the magical papers.

For more great ideas check out the following consultants blogs

Lauren Moore

Georgie Creates

DorisTaylor Creative Inspirations

Sandra’s Virtual Craft Room

 

Thank you all for taking a look. Please share your ideas with me on my FaceBook page 

Happy Papercrafting Everyone

Tanya

 

 

The long way home Australasian blog hop

blogbadgeHello and welcome aboard the CTMH June 2016 SOTM Australasian blog hop. If you have landed here from Vandra’s Virtual Craft Room then you have arrived at the right spot. If you stumbled upon this by accident then never fear just click on the link at the end of this post to continue the hop to all the other fantastic ideas.

Every month CTMH release a stamp set just for that month. The Stamp set available for June is The long way home. It is a cute fun stamp that you will see on this hop is very versatile. Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 11.22.36 pm

The idea I will be sharing with you today is a simple page layout inspired by page 63 from the Reflections how to book. I live in tropical North Queensland and one of our local beaches has great views at sunrise. I love living here and thought I would document what I love about my home town so that my future family can see what I love about it and how it changes. I would love to see your home town featured on your page.

I chose not to use a pattern paper for the background but did not want to use plain colour. So I created a bit of texture with the Stitch Guide and Piercing and Embossing tool. I used the triangle to create a fun pattern in the background card stock. I also pierced a border on photo mat with the piercing tool. This is a tool I love so much and have done a few projects using it to create fun backgrounds. Take a look here and hereJune16 SOTM piercing closeup.jpg

This is a very simple layout and is quick to do. I have stamped the sentiment Love it here  and the combi van and attached to my project with 3d foam tape. Then sun and star have been stamped onto the project. I have then finished the project off by attaching a strip of Twine. June16 SOTM page

I hope you have like this simple project and give it a go. Please feel free to share your page showing what you love about your home town. It would be great to see all the wonderful parts of our country.

This stamp set is $27 if purchased alone or just $7.50 with a qualifying purchase of $75.

Contact your consultant for more information or contact me here.

Remember this stamp set is only available until June 30 so be sure to grab this awesome stamp set before the time gets away.

Please leave a comment before continuing on to Creating with Kara Davies whom I am sure will have a fantastic idea to share.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my page idea. Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop and Happy Paper Crafting

Tanya Armitage

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What album do you need?

Hi everyone. If you haven’t heard yet Close to My Heart are having a sale on their albums until the end of May 2016. There are some great designs and these are all while stocks last. Take a quick look at the designs currently available here.

Close to my heart has two different types of albums. there are post bound and D ring albums. Each one has it’s Pro’s and Cons and you will need to determine your own requirements to choose the right album for your needs.

The D ring (3 ring Binder)

pro’s

  • Place the pages you are working on quickly away for protection
  • Add pages to your projects/albums quickly
  • change the order of your album easily.
  • Has clip at top, bottom and middle to help keep pages supported

Cons

  • Heavy projects can damage the rings.
  • Album is set width. May take up more room on shelf

 

Post Bound Album

  • heavy projects are best suited for these albums.
  • Can adjust the size of the album but adding or removing posts

Cons

  • Need to unscrew posts to add more pages or change order
  • need to remove pages to add others to create specific order

 

My favourite is the D ring only because I don’t work on projects in chronological order. These albums allow me add pages as I complete them quickly and easily.

If you do pages that have flip flaps or heaps of heavy elements on them or want an album to be a specific width, Then I would suggest you purchase the post bound albums.

If you already have an album let me know which one you love and why?

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SE1 last chance Australasian blog hop

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

If you have arrived here from Georgia O’Shea’s blog Georgia Creates 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 we are showcasing our favourite products from Seasonal Expression 1 catalogue. The stamp sets and papers will be retiring at the end of this month. So take a look at the blog hop and see if our favourites interest you.

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The stamp set I have used for this card is Woodland Romance. This is my favourite stamp set from the catalogue as I love the vines and flowers. Throughout the idea books there are little tips throughout and the one that is next to this stamp set I fully agree with.

“When scrapbooking my favourite photos I like to cluster beautiful details around them so they take centre stage”

This stamp set has so many little pieces that can pieced together to create beautiful details.

I have created a card for blog today but this idea can also be used on a page. As this card is for a wedding I decided to personalise it with their names on the front. However you could add a sentiment or if using the idea on a page add a photo.

The ribbon frame is from the artbooking circuit cartridge, the Flower in the bottom corner
is from Art philosophy cartridge and the hollow flower is from Artfully sent.

cricut flowerTo turn the hollow flower gold I pushed it into the versa mark stamp pad and then embossed with gold embossing powder. I have used this technique before. You can take a look at it Share the Love.

I have added the vines from the stamp set behind the flowers for the clustered details. If you want to see the vines used in another project you can look here

 

The small flowers in the top corner are stamped and then embossed to give them the 3D look. These make great little accents to any project. Here is another project I have created using these little flowers.  I have added vines to these flowers also. All flowers have been finished with Bling Gems Gold.

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Thank you for taking the time to look at my project. I hope you have seen just how fantastic this stamp set is and that you grab it before it retires at the end of the month. Please leave a comment before continuing to Vandra’s Virtual Craft Room.

If you have not seen the seasonal expression the you can view it here.

Remember this idea book finishes at the end of April. Some items have already sold out so be sure to grab the one’s that you love the most before they are gone.

If you do not already have a consultant than feel free to contact me for information about this fantastic company and their products. You can purchase this item and any other from my OBA.

Tanya Armitage

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Life in Pictures Australasian blog hop

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

If you have arrived here from Creating with Kara 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 a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Life In Pictures April 2016 Stamp of the Month.

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This stamp features different kind of camera’s and phrases. I was inspired for this page layout by the phrase life in pictures.

I thought as there are progression of camera’s I would style a layout that can be used for a birthday showcasing different stages in a life.

 

The basic design for this layout came from Reflections scrapbooking program book, Bottom Border 2a design.

I didn’t want to use any papers with this project so I used second generation stamping with the images to create my own background. I stamped with slate ink hoping to create a softer image.

I cut the film strip from the artiste cartridge at 3″. I used the inner pieces to stamp a camera image on. I then sanded all the card stock to create an antique/aged feel to the page. I also used the edge deserter to roughen up the large photo mat.distressed edge.jpg
The one thing I love about our stamps is the ability to manipulate them. You can see I have used the words both straight and curved. Curving the words allows them to follow the edge of the circle to create a different element to you designs.

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Here is a picture of how they can be manipulated and placed on your block.

I embellished the page using silver foil tape, sequins and Twine to create this final look.

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It can be yours for just $7.50 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $27.00 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

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

 

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations. I am sure she will have some fantastic ideas to share with you.

CTMH baby girl card with paper pierced background

Stampaganza Australasian blog hop

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

If you have arrived here from Jenny’s blog The Creative Heart then you are in the right place. If you are starting the hop from here no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Today I would like to share with you a card using 2 stamp sets. During the month of March 2016 CTMH has stampaganza happening. When you purchase two stamp sets you will get a 3rd set Free.

For those who do not know me I will give you a little insight into my 3 fav things to do on projects. If there is a flower I love to emboss them, if there is a butterfly I love to lift the wings for the 3D look and the third is to create my own background/paper. Today I will show you a card that I have made and created my own background/paper.

I got inspired for this card by Pinterest. I saw an image there that used a stitch stamp and wanted to get a similar look.

To start with using tone on tone stamping, I have stamped the Princess wings scroll work and stars on the background card stock. On the two smaller white card stock I have stamped using Versamark ink. I did this so that I could still see the lines but would not be clearly visible on the finished product.

I have then paper pierced the stamped designs and the edge of the long white card stock. I did this free hand following the lines of the images. By piercing close together it allows the eye to follow the line and maintain the image. Yes this is a little bit fiddly but I actually found it quite relaxing to pierce the paper. (A bit of paper therapy for you). Here is a closer look at the piercing. Close up of paper piecing for background

I have stamped the giraffe from Wild Wonders Stamp set with Pigment ink and then clear embossed it. This gives it the glossy sheen and makes it bright as the centre piece of the card. I have decorated it with ribbon and Gold Sequins. I have double mounted the card stock. I Quite liked the look of the different tones of pink in this card. I hope you liked the finished product.

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If you would like to see another card using the same technique take a look at this post here.

Stampaganza expires on March 31 2016 so be sure to place your order with your consultant quick. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place your order on my OBA.

Please leave a comment before continuing the hop to Vandra’s virtual CTMH craft room.

If you are interested in either a full video or written instructions please contact me

Thank you and Happy Paper crafting everyone.

Tanya

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Paper Pierced Background card

Hello Everyone. I created this card after reading the close to my heart blog. They have a competition running at the moment. This is what I created. If you want to participate you can read all about it here.

 

I was inspired for this card by a 2008 card by Amy Sheffer on pinterest. The card featured a stamp that had stitching design background stamp. I loved the look but didn’t have a stamp similar in my collection for this project. So I thought outside the box and came up with this solution.

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I first used the Tone on Tone stamping technique on the cotton candy card stock. To stamp on the Daisy White card stock I stamped in versa mark. This was so that it was clear and not so visible on the final product. I used the  Great Job stamp set for the background.

Once it was stamped I then used the Piercing and Embossing Tool to pierce the design on the card stock. I followed the edges of the design for piercing. I also pierced a border along the edge of the larger Daisy White card.

I then Stamped the flowers from the Woodland Romance stamp set on both cotton candy and Daisy White scraps using Memento Ink. I used Memento ink as it dries fast so when I wanted to emboss straight after I wouldn’t damage the image. I then fussy cut the flowers out. To ensure the flowers would easily emboss I cut the petals down to the inner circle of the image. Turning the flowers upside down I used the embossing end of the Piercing and Embossing Tool. I pressed hard on each edge of the petal as well as the centre of each petal. I then turned them right side up and doing small circle motions got the flower to turn up. I then layered two alternate colours together using Liquid Glass.

I then stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Joyful Birthday stamp set on the large white card. The flowers were then arranged and adhered to how I felt look right. I attached ribbon to the two smaller white card pieces and assembled the card.

This month we have Stampganza happening. If you purchase and 2 stamp set you will receive a 3rd for FREE.1603-cc-stampaganza

If you purchased all three stamps used for this project you would receive the Joyful Birthday stamp set of free.

Thank you for looking at this card. I am looking forward to seeing what you create for #cards4jeanette. I hope you all try these fun techniques

Full instructions are available for any of my projects with a purchase from my OBA.

Tanya Armitage

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