Archive | March 2014

Skylark Wedding Cards

Welcome back

I do apologise for missing last week’s post but I have had some family issues to deal with, and while they have settled down there is still going to be some problems to work through.

For this post I have been playing around with the last of my Skylark papers and have made some wedding cards.  I am really enjoying using a different combination of colours and papers to what I normally use.  Here I have used Lagoon and the beautiful Teal shimmer trim to create a pop of colour with the Skylark papers.

CTMH Skylark Wedding card

For this card I have used the pattern out of the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 page 46 and used a cut from the Artbooking cartridge (page 48) in Lagoon cardstock for the centre panel which fitted  in well.  I love using the Perfect Fit – Frames 2 for an accent and the little wedding couple from The Happy Couple stamp set fits perfectly in the middle.  The congrats stamp is from the Cricut Artiste Collection Kudos.  And I have finished the card with a flower from the Skylark Assortments.

CTMH Skylark Wedding card

For this card I have again used the Quatrefoil embossing folder to add some interest to the plain cardstock.  I love how the papes from Skylark are great for cards as well as for scrapbook layouts and here I have trimmed the corner of the 12 x 12 paper to fit the card base.  I have added an extra pennant topped with a blue epoxy bubble and the sentiment is from The Happy Couple stamp set.  A very simple yet elegant card.

CTMH Skylark CongratulationsAgain for this card I have manage to trim the patterned paper to fit the card and keep the lovely bird which ties in well with the striped lagoon paper for the bottom of the card.  I have cut the lovely ribbon out with the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  I the stamp is from The Happy Couple stamp set.  I have finished off with a couple of epoxy bubbles and the Teal shimmer trim.

CTMH Wedding card using Skylark and Lagoon

This card was very quick and easy with the Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  I have cut the same image but for a portrait card instead and teamed it with the Lagoon striped paper from Skylark pack and the Teal shimmer trim and just placed a simple sentiment on it matted with Lagoon cardstock.  Another simple, yet elegant card.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Lagoon

Paper – Skylark Paper Pack

Ink – Lagoon

Skylark assortment

Green and Blue Epoxy bubbles

Stamps – Cricut Artiste Collection, Kudos (only available as part of the Artiste Cricut Collection, The Happy Couple, Perfect Fit – Frames 2

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Art Philosophy and Artbooking

These cards will be available for sale at Craft Hutt, so if you live in Wellington do pop in and say hello and have a look at all the wonderful arts and crafts for sale.

I am going to be busy over the next few days as I have the Australasian CTMH SOTM hop coming up and I have also been invited to another blog hop featuring papers from CTMH.

I hope you all have a good week.

Happy Crafting.

Patricia

Close to My Heart New Zealand

Welcome back

I am so impressed with Close to My Heart designing stamp sets for Australia and New Zealand and have had this New Zealand set sitting around for a while waiting for a time to make some cards with them.  These stamps encapsulate the essence of New Zealand with lovely detailed images of a sheep, Kiwi and mountain ranges.  The sentiments are great as well.  I have teamed them with the lovely Timberline papers that evoke the colonial past of New Zealand.  And I have used my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut out some tags to do something different from what I normally do.  I normally use Desert Sand to distress but today I decided to try Cashmere and I was really pleased with the end result as that colour worked in really well with the Timberline range of papers.

CTMH NZ stamps

For this card I have  distressed the edges the tag  with Cashmere ink.  The image has been stamped with Black ink and coloured in with Sweet Leaf, Sky and Buttercup alcohol markers.  This tag has been matted onto some New England Ivy cardstock that brings out the image really well.  I have cut some scrap pieces of tartan paper and dovetailed them using scissors from the Timberline paper pack to create the ribbons for the tag.  The sentiment is inked with black and the card has been finished with some green epoxy bubbles.

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This card was very quick to make.  I have cut the blue paper and woodgrain papers from the Timberline paper pack and distressed the edges with Cashmere ink.  I have used the zip strip to thread through the tag and attach to the card.  The tag has been distressed with Cashmere ink and the Kiwi and the sentiment was stamped in Chocolate ink and then some sparkles from the Black and Tan sparkles assortment finished off the tags.

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This card has been created using the pattern from the Made it From the Heart Volume 2 book page 46.  This is such an easy pattern to use for all occasions.  I have added some Lagoon cardstock behind the very masculine looking papers to add a pop of colour.  The zip strip has been matted with Lagoon and Chocolate cardstock which picks up the colours in the strip.  I have again used Cashmere to distress the tag and the kiwi and sentiment has been stamped in Chocolate ink.  To finish off I have used a Slate twist tie and some tan epoxy bubbles.

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Finally for this card I have used Cashmere cardstock and after cutting to size I have embossed it with the Quatrefoil embossing folder and distressed the edge with Cashmere ink.  The blue paper from the Timberline paper packet has been trimmed to size and then distressed with Cashmere ink.  I then cut a thin strip of Slate cardstock and using Slate ink I have stamped tone on tone using the arrow stamps from the Catch You Later set to echo the zip strip I later added.  I have stamped the sheep and sentiment with Slate ink on the tag and then distressed the tag with Cashmere ink.  I have attached the card using grey Bakers Twine and finished off by using some scraps of zip strip ad paper to create some banners to place at the top of the card.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Colonial White, Cashmere, Slate, New England Ivy, Chocolate, Lagoon

Papers -Timberline paper packet

Inks – Slate, Cashmere, Black, Chocolate

Green and Blue epoxy bubbles

Sparkles Black and Tan Assortment

Grey Bakers Twine

Stamps -New Zealand Greetings D1601, Catch You Later D1580

Embossing folder – Quatrefoil

Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Slate twist ties

Alcohol markers – Sweet Leaf, Sky, Buttercup

For further information please check out my website here or feel free to contact me.

I hope you all have a good week and I will catch up with you next week.

Happy Crafting

Patricia

New Product Blog Hop – Part 2

Welcome to this blog hop featuring new products from the Ideas Book and catalogue from Close to My Heart.

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For this post I have used one of the note boxes available for sale through CTMH and decorated it with the Skylark paper which I had left over from the WOTG and it is just beautiful.

Here it is:

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CTMH box

The birdcage has been die cut out of Honey cardstock and sponged with Desert Sand to get the old gold look.  I have used a Couture Creations die as I couldn’t find a birdcage on the CTMH cartridges.  

For the flowers I have been inspired by Cathy Derouche (a sister CTMH consultant who has done some great videos and uploaded them to YouTube) and used my Art Philosophy (p 50 for the outside petals) and Artiste cartridges (page 54 for the centre) to cut out the shapes.  I have used White Daisy cardstock and sponged with Buttercup ink and then sponged all the edges with Sweet Leaf ink to create a subtle yellow/green flower that matched the Skylark paper beautifully.  Prior to inking I have used an embossing stylus to create some texture and shape to the flowers.  This has created a more realistic and faded look to the roses which is what I was wanting to achieve.

The leaves have been cut using the Artiste  cartridge (page 54) out of Sweet Leaf cardstock.  Again I have dry embossed using an embossing stylus to create a leafy texture and then sponged with Pear ink.

Finally I added a little bling to finish off the picture using the Clear Sparkles Flourishes – small.

Once I had completed all the embellishments the rest of the box was easy to do.  I have used Juniper cardstock to mat the Skylark papers on all the sides.

I have left the inside of the box empty for the box to be used as a trinket or keepsake box.

Here are a couple of close-ups of the flowers:

CTMH flowers

CTMH flowers

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Juniper, Sweet Leaf, Honey

Papers – Skylark B&T Duos

Inks – Desert Sand, Buttercup, Sweet Leaf, Pear

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste and Art Philosophy

Sparkles Clear Flourishes – small

Couture Creations birdcage die

Sizzix Garden Flower set

Cuttlebug embossing machine

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Happy Crafting

Patricia

CTMH Stamp of the Month: Happy Place S1403A Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from  Shaunna’s Blog – Passionate about pagesthen 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 this card which features the March SOTM Happy Place S1403A available exclusively throughout February for $29 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

I have been very busy this week so I had to do a card very quickly this morning and I hope that it has turned out ok.  I have used a combination of colours which I would normally never use, but that is the beauty of CTMH – the colours coordinate so well.

CTMH SOTM - Happy Place

This stamp set is so cute and the sentiments would be wonderful on a scrapbook layout with mother and daughter photos.

For this card I have also used the Quatrefoil embossing folder again and then stamped tone on tone for the top part of the card.  All the pieces have been distressed with Desert Sand ink.  For the sentiment  I have used one of the dimensional elements (which I need to learn to use a lot more!).  I have sponged it with Desert Sand ink and then stamped the sentiment with Black ink.  The heart has been stamped with Black ink on Ruby cardstock and then fussy cut.  The Russian doll has been stamped on White Daisy cardstock and then coloured in with the CTMH alcohol markers, fussy cut out and then adhered with foam tape.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Pear, Indian Corn Blue, White Daisy

Inks – Pear, Black, Desert Sand

Stamps – Happy Place, Scandanavian Wishes (NLA)

Green and blue epoxy bubbles

Embossing folder – Quatrefoil

Alcohol markers – Buttercup, Sweet Leaf, Ruby, Indian Corn Blue

Happy Place is only available until 28th February from your CTMH coCnsultant. Please visit my shop here if you would like to know more about the products that I have used.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Jenny at Jen’s Creative Classroom.

Happy Crafting

Patricia