Tears For Paris

Welcome back.

It has been a very difficult couple of weeks with all the terrorist attacks in Paris, Mali, Egypt and other areas.  My thoughts go out to all those that have been affected by the terrorist attack and I hope these photos on this layout reminds people of the beauty in the world.

It was very poignant for me as I had just been going over photos that my daughter had taken when she went on a trip to Europe a couple of years ago.  I did a card a few weeks ago featuring a French themed Nevermore card to practice for making this layout.  My daughter has taken some amazing photos of Paris and the Eiffel Tower and Paris at night and they deserved to be showcased.  The chandelier and flourish under the Eiffel Tower was cut from the Artiste cartridge and the Artbooking cartridge respectively, and then I stamped them with versamark ink and heat embossed with silver Ranger embossing powder.  The chandelier was finished with some clear sparkles.  I used Cricut Craftroom to size the Eiffel Tower to fit onto the layout and the flourish square is cut from the Artiste cartridge (page 60) with the centre kept for the frame.  I didn’t have enough photos for the 5th square so I cut a bird cage from a Couture Creations die to complete the French theme.  I am happy with this and got some more Paris photos to scrap at some stage.

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Materials used:

Cardstock – Slate, Whisper, Eggplant, Pomegranate, Fern

Paper – Nevermore

Cricut Cartridge – Artistry, Artbooking

Versamark ink

Silver Ranger Ink

Sparkle Flourish

Mini medley- Grey assortment.

Couture Creations Birdcage Die

Thistle ribbon

Clear Sparkles

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

Some more Georgie from CTMH

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Just a very quick post today featuring the lovely Georgie papers.  I love love love these papers and the WOTG stamp set is adorable and here is a layout that I have done featuring this set.  I am very happy how it turned out.  I am about to order some photos of my daughter to put on this layout to make it complete.

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The pattern for this layout is from the Magic book how to book.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Canary, Slate, white Daisy

Papers – Georgie

Stamps – Georgie WOTG

Georgie Assortments

Cricut cartridge – Artistry

Fundamentals assortments – Glacier

Grey enamel gems

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

CTMH Australasian SOTM Blog Hop – Paper Garden

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Meryl’s blog – Mez’s Craft Room 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 some artwork which features September Stamp of the Month Paper Garden available exclusively throughout September for $33 or for just $10 when you spend $75.

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This stamp set is so beautiful and as soon as I received it I was playing with it.  I have used different techniques to show you how versatile this stamp set is.

First up is some cards:

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I have used a centre step fold for this card and used sponge daubers to ink up the stamp to get the water coloured effect.  I have used Sweet Leaf, Pear, Canary and Pixie inks and I am very happy how this turned out.  These colours worked perfectly with the green spotted paper from the Brushed paper range and Canary cardstock.  I kept it simple with a Topiary chevron ribbon bow and a simple Thank you from the Just to Say stamp set from the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge set.

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The same colour combination but with different papers and some embosssing using the Damask embossing folder.

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This card has been sponged using the Texture tools on the while supplies last list.  I have used Sweet Leaf and Canary inks with a touch of Flaxen ink.  I love the effect of this and I then stamped the netting using a second generation inking with Slate ink and then using Cocoa ink I stamped the flower image for a silhouette effect.

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I thought I would try something completely different and do a clean and simple card with this card.  I have used Slate and Black inks for the stamping.  The jury is still out on this and I would be interested in what you think of it.  The sentiment is from the Happy to Be Friends stamp set.

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For this card I have embossed the image on Black cardstock using versamark ink and then embossed with White embossing powder.  I then coloured the image using my ShinHan Touch Twin markers.  I have a list of the markers I used below.  I have done the same for the Thank You sentiment.  Because this is so vibrant I was able to use Canary and Thistle cardstock for the cardstock and scalloped trim.

Finally I was really inspired by the beautiful layout in the new Seasonals Expressions book and here is my version using a special photo that was taken too many years ago to count.

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I have used the pattern for this layout from the Make it From Your Heart Volume Volume 1 – age 40 pattern 18.  I have used the same sponge daubing technique for the background flowers and then cut the flowers and leaves out using the Artiste cartridge and stamped them with the Thistle and Canary inks.  The leaves have been stamped using the Rock and Roll technique with Pear and Topiary inks.  The smaller flowers have been stamped using the Rock and Roll technique with Thistle and Canary inks to add a little interest to the flowers.  The bling gold gems and the little flowers and butterflies from the Junebug puffies just add the final touch.

The title has been cut from the Artbooking cartridge using one of the new colours Eggplant and Slate cardstock for a shadow effect.  This goes well with the Thistle coloured Paper Fundamentals paper.  the flourish under the flower is from the Artbooking cartridge too.

Here is a close up of the flowers.

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Paper Garden is only available until 30 September from your CTMH consultant here.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Lauren’s Blog, CTMH Craftings.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Pear, Black, Thistle, Canary, Eggplant, Slate

Paper – Brushed, Whimsy Paper Fundamentals

Ink – Pear, Thistle, Canary, Sweet leaf, Pixie, Slate, Flaxen, Cocoa, Black, Slate, Versamark

Stamps – Paper Garden, Just to Say…, Happy to Be Friends

Ranger White Embossing Ink

Markers – RP198 Tender Pink, P282 Peony Purple, Y49 Pastel Green, Y222 Golden Yellow, YR24 Marigold, GY235 Sap Green, GY234 Leaf Green

Border Punch – Scallop

Topiary Chevron Ribbon

Embossing Folder – Damask

Bling Gems Gold Assortment

Junebug Puffies

Texture Tools

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catching up with some UFOs.

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This week I have been carded out as well as still waiting for my order to arrive so I thought I would look at some UFOs – Un Finished Objects.  A couple of months ago I bought the gorgeous A Taste of Summer paper pack that was part of the National Scrapbooking month as well as the coordinating stamp set.  I found some photos from when my children were young and the colours matched the papers very well and started to do the layouts and then got side tracked.  So today I got them out and finished them.  I did 4 layouts today but ran out of sunlight to take photos of them all, but I was very pleased to be able to put them in my album.   I have used the Reflections How To Book for my inspiration.

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I have cut all the titles out from the Artbooking Cricut cartidge and all the fruit has been stamped and fussy cut out.

 

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I have used the Charming Chevrons stamp set and added a bit of sparkle with the coordinating sparkles chevron shapes which is no longer available.  The title has been cut from both Sunset cardstock and White Daisy cardstock to help it stand out from the background paper.

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The camera has been cut using the new Artistry cartridge in Slate and Hollyhock cardstock.  I have also used the new Artistry cartridge to cut the Smile and Enjoy sentiments.  These cuts are quite different in that the cuts are designed to go inside the frames so I have cut out the inners with White Daisy cardstock and stamped the frame image on the pink patterned paper and then fussy cut them out.  My daughter was wearing a dress that I had made using strawberry covered fabric which tied in really well with the papers.

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Here is a close up of the tags and I have used the Marvy Uchida Le Pen journaling pen to create a sewing line for the pocket.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Kraft, New England Ivy, Hollyhock, Sunset, Slate

Paper – A Taste of Summer

Stamps- A Taste of Summer, Perfect Picture Cricut Collection (Artistry), Tagged with Love, Year>>Noted, Charming Chevron, Sweet and Love Cricut Cartridge (Artbooking)

Inks – Sunset, Ruby, Cranberry, Topiary, New England Ivy, Goldrush, Glacier

Cricut Cartridge – Artistry, Art Philosophy, Artbooking

Sparkles Chevron Shapes – NLA

Stuck on You Puffies

Topiary chevron ribbon.

Marvy Uchida Le Pen

Bling Gems Gold Assortment

I hope you have enjoyed something different from me this week.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting.

Patricia

 

Australasian CTMH SOTM Blog Hop – Life is Wonderful

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Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month 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 landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

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Today I would like to share with you this layout  that I have made which features July Stamp of the Month Life is Wonderful available exclusively throughout June for NZ$33 or for just NZ $5 when you spend NZ$75.

My son was very fortunate to have gone to Japan on a school trip and  I have finally started scrapping his photos.  I have not used the Wanderful papers much but these are perfect for doing travel photos.  And the travel overlay and other travel related icons from the Artbooking cartridge goes so well with this.  I particularly like this overlay as you can get a lot of small images to use for the rest of the album.

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Yes I probably should have put the ‘is about to happen’ underneath the two stamped images but I am happy with how it has come out.

Life is Wonderful is only available until 31st July from your CTMH consultant.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Maz’s Blog, Inky Fingers

Materials used:

Cardstock – Crystal Blue, Colonial White, Flaxen

Paper – Wanderful

Stamps – Life is Wonderful

Inks – Desert Sand

Artbooking Cartridge

Silver sequins

Aqua Dots

Have a good week and Happy Crafting.

Patricia

 

CTMH Australasian SOTM Blog Hop – Ice Cream Dream

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Simone’s Blog Scrappy Matters ,  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.

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Today I would like to share with you this layout and a couple of cards that I have made which features June Stamp of the Month Ice Cream Dream available exclusively throughout June for NZ$33 or for just NZ $5 when you spend NZ$75.

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The Confetti Wishes papers work so well with this stamp set and I had fun with colouring in with my ShinHan Touch Twin markers.  The pattern is from the Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 book pattern 14.  I coloured all the images on separate cardstock and then fussy cut them all out and placed them on on the layout.  The sentiment is also great for colouring in as well and the colours of the markers went so well with the colours of the papers.

I apologise for the quality of card photos – I had a flat battery on my camera and had to use my phone and I couldn’t get too close without a shadow.

I used my Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the scalloped circles to highlight the sundae and dog.  The sentiment on the top card has been cut out of the Confetti Wishes paper which was a very quick and easy way to put the sentiment on a card.  Once again I have used the fabulous pattern 28 from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2.

 

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Can you see that I have used the end of the dove tailed banner on the layout and it just finished the next card off.  I don’t like throwing anything away that I could possibly use again.  I love the Blossom paper and the blue patterned paper is so versatile to go with a lot of other papers in the catalogue and here I have cut the celebrate wording and candles and placed it over the blue paper and it gave a nice soft background for the bright vibrant colours of the rest of the card.  I have coloured the silver sequins with the Peony Purple ShinHan Touch Twin marker to coordinate the colours to match.

 

 

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Materials used:

Cardstock – Pacifica, White Daisy, Canary, Thistle

Paper – Confetti Wishes. Blossom

Stamp – Ice Cream Dream

Ink – Black,

ShinHan Touch Twin Markers – WG4 Warm Grey, BR116 Clay, BR96 Mahogany, Y49 Leaf Green, BR99 Bronze, P282 Peony Purple, RP198 Tender Pink, YR24 Marigold, Y222 Golden Yellow, BG61 Peacock BlueB62 Marine Blue, R5 Cherry Pink.

 Silver Squins

Cricut Cartridge – Art Philosophy

Embossing folder – Quatrefoil

Ice Cream Dream is only available until 30 June from your CTMH consultant.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Georgia’s Blog Georgia Creates.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

A Taste of Summer in Autumn

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This week I will be featuring a layout that I have done with the gorgeous bright and vibrant papers  A Taste of Summer that are part of the National Scrapbooking Month from CTMH.  We are just going into autumn in New Zealand and these papers are a lovely reminder that spring and summer are just a few months away.

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At the last minute CTMH added a stamp set to match which has added to the fun.

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Here is a layout that I have done for my workshop that will be at Gift Hutt on Sunday 31 May.

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For this clean and fresh layout I have used pattern 11 from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 book.  I love how the Thistle and yellow Canary works so well together and the lemons go so well with all the colours.  The lemons have been stamped with Canary ink and then rolled around the edges with Sweet Leaf ink.  The leaves have been cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge in New England Ivy cardstock and I have crumpled them a little to make them look like leaves from a lemon tree.  The title has been cut from the Artbooking cartridge in Canary and shaded with Slate cardstock.  I have used strips of Paper Fundamentals thistle coloured paper to anchor the two pages together.  I love the journalling stamp from the Artbooking cartridge and have added it here to balance the layout.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Thistle, Canary, Slate, New England Ivy

Papers – A Taste of Summer, Paper Fundamentals

Stamps – A Taste of Summer

Inks – Canary, Thistle, Black, Sweet Leaf, New England Ivy

Cricut Cartridges – Artbooking, Art Philosophy

Topiary Ribbon

We will also be doing three cards and I have had a request to teach how to do the Bokeh technique which is very popular with the CTMH consultants at the moment.  This technique replicates the background created in photography when focusing on an object.  It is easy to do and the hardest part is working out which colours to use.  There are lots of tutorials on YouTube on how to do this technique.

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This card has been made using Flaxen, Sweet Leaf, Bamboo and White Daisy inks on the background and I have used the retired A Happy Hello stamp set as well as the Artfully Sent Just to Say stamp set for the flower and the sentiment.

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For this card I have used Pixie, Thistle and Gyspsy inks with White Daisy pigment ink for the background.  The heart comes from the Hostess stamp set Paper Bird and I have used the rock and roll technique with Thistle and Gypsy inks.

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For the last card for the workshop I have used Flaxen and Lagoon inks with White Daisy pigment ink.  The bird is from the Paper Bird stamp set and I have again used the rock and roll technique for the bird using Flaxen and Lagoon inks.

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Here is another card that I have done using the same colours as the first card.  This time I have stamped the flowers from the Happy Autumn stamp set in Desert Sand ink onto the background and then trimmed the cards to make the three panels from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 book pattern 28.  I have backed the panels with Sweet Leaf cardstock and used the Flaxen coloured paper from the Paper Fundamentals for the trim across the card.  The tags are stamped in Flaxen ink using the Holiday Tags and Perfect Fit –  Frames 2 stamp sets.  I have finished off with a Flaxen coloured butterfly from the Junebug Puffies which is still available on the While Supplies Last tab.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Thistle, Gypsy, Sweet Leaf,

Paper – Paper Fundamentals

Inks – Desert Sand, Glacier, Lagoon, Pixie, Thistle, Gypsy, Flaxen, Sweet Leaf, Bamboo, White Daisy pigment ink.

Stamps – A Happy Hello (NLA), Holiday Tags, Perfect Fit – Frames 2, Artfully Sent Just to Say, Happy Autumn, Paper Bird

Thistle Ribbon

Junebug Puffies

Cricut Cartridge – Art Philosophy

All these products are available on my website here.

The workshop will be held at Gift Hutt, 136 High Street, Lower Hutt on Sunday 31 March at 10 am to 4 pm.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia