A Stampendous Review

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This week I have a couple of cards made using a Stampendous cling stamp and coordinating die set.  Stampendous was one of the first companies that I bought stamps from over 20 years ago and I always liked them as they had some beautiful images.  As I was cleaning out my craft room I found the old catalogue and the images are still lovely and it is interesting to see how fashions have changed over the years.  I picked this set up through Facebook because I loved the image and the hummingbirds in it.

However, I was very disappointed with this stamp and die set.  The image did not stamp clearly and crisply and the dies did not cut very cleanly.  I used a Fiskars stamp press and I know this is a big stamp, but I had no problems stamping the large Fuchsia stamp from Heartfelt Creations and getting a crisp clear image.

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However, I was able to make a couple of reasonable cards out of this image but I won’t be making any more which is a shame.  The image is beautiful and at the moment I have these pink Bower Vine flowers outside my kitchen window and they always give a good show.  I have coloured with copic markers and used flower soft for the centre of the flowers for something different.

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Materials used:

Cardstock – CTMH White Daisy, Pear and Pomegranate

Ink – Memento

Copics – Pinks and greens (sorry I think I have packed up the chart I have – will try and remember to update this later!).

Stamp – CTMH Framed (NLA)

Flower soft

I have finally got myself a Cricut Explore Air and today I had some fun with some SVG files.  I can’t wait to show you what I have made with it.  I can’t believe I didn’t get one earlier – they are so much easier and better to use.  So watch this space….

Have a good week and Happy Crafting.

Patricia

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A Bit of Old and A Bit of New

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Thank you for the lovely comments on my last post.  I am pleased to say that the wedding card sold very quickly in Gift Hutt and it will make a very special card to keep for the wedding couple.

This week I am featuring a couple of cards using up some of stash.  The first card features some apricot/orange lilies that I picked up a while ago at a local Emporium.  The die cutting and embossing make a very elegant background for the flowers tied with a simple bow.  It was amazing the difference the embossing made on the CTMH Sunset card.  It hasn’t been embossed along the grain, but I like the effect on the embossing with a little white showing through.

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Materials used:

Cardstock – CTMH White Daisy and Sunset

Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities Timeless Rectangle, Nestabilities Labels Eighteen

Embossing folder – CTMH Damask

I have used a piece of vellum ephemera inside the frame to add a different look to the card.  The embossing helps the frame stand out more and I have used ribbon from my stash.  This card has also sold very quickly in Gift Hutt as well.

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Materials used:

Cardstock – Colonial White

Dies – Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eighteen, Fancy Framed Tags Two

Embossing Folder – Couture Creations Tied Together

Ephemera from my stash

Ribbon and pearls from my stash

Stamp – CTMH Framed (NLA)

Ink – CTMH Desert Sand

Finally I have made some flowers using the Heartfelt Creations Ariana stamp and die set.  I have used a basket die cut that I purchased many years ago and sponged it with a combination of CTMH cashmere and desert sand inks.  I have sued ribbon and lace from my stash to complete this card.

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Materials used:

Cardstock – CTMH Pixie, Colonial White, White Daisy, Buttercup

Stamps – Heartfelt Creations Ariana Blooms, CTMH Just to Say…

Dies – Heartfelt Creations Ariana Blooms, Spellbinders Fancy Frame Tags Two

Inks – Pixie, Canary, Black

Embossing Folder – Quatrefoil

CTMH Gold glitter gems

Basket from my stash

Lace from my stash

Ribbon from my stash

I am really enjoying using a combination of different products and I hope that you are enjoying my creations.

Heartfelt Creations products are now on their way to Gift Hutt and will be available for purchase soon.  I am really excited about having them at Gift Hutt and will be doing classes on using these amazing products as soon as I can.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting.

Patricia

 

Having Fun with Heartfelt Creations Ariana Blooms

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I hope you all had a good Christmas and got lots of new craft supplies.  I have just received the Heartfelt Creations Ariana stamp and die set and I just love these stamps.  It is strange using the rubber stamps again but these stamps had good adhesion to my acrylic blocks and gave a nice crisp image.  It is also great to have a matching die to save my hands for fussy cutting.  I have had some fun with using different inks and finishes and here are my first efforts.

I have used a combination of Le Vie En Rose papers and Black and Pomegranate cardstock from CTMH for my first card.  I love the combination of the gold embossing on the flowers and the gold Peelcraft edging and corners and the black of the Heartfelt Creations eyelet oval die.  I have cut two sets of flowers to create these flowers.  I haven’t put a sentiment on the front as it blocked the beautiful paper.  I am waiting for some beautiful Spellbinders dies and will look at doing something inside the card instead.  However, I do find that some people like to have blank cards for different purposes.

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Here is a close up of the flowers.  The photos really do not show the vibrancy of the colours.

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I have stayed with a very elegant cream and gold combination for my second card. I have used Peelcraft stickers for the corners, edging and the tag and sentiment.

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Finally here is a little fun 4″ x 4″ card I have made with this single layer flower and the Raindrops on Roses die from Heartfelt Creations.  I have sponged the centre with Buttercup ink and the edges of the petals with Pomegranate ink.

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Materials used:

Cardstock – CTMH Black, Pomegranate, White Daisy, Colonial White, Buttercup

Paper – CTMH Le Vie En Rose

Stamp – Heartfelt Creations Ariana

Dies – Heartfelt Creations Ariana, Eyelet Oval, Raindrops on Roses

Inks – CTMH Black, Versamark, Pomegranate, Buttercup

CTMH Gold Bling Gems

Peelcraft stickers from my stash

Pearl string from my stash

These cards will be for sale at Gift Hutt when it reopens early in the New Year.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

Elegant Cards

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This week I will be featuring some cards that I have made from some beautiful paper that my daughter had given me for Christmas.  I only had an A4 sheet of paper and I have managed to get these three cards with enough paper for at least one or two more cards.  This paper was a lovely subtle blue/grey and had a white embossed damask pattern on it.

First up is a screen card.  I sat looking at it for a couple of weeks as I was not sure what else to put on it.

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Here is a close up of the lovely cameo from the Sweet Moments stamp set (CTMH).  I have cut the scallop oval from the Spellbinders Beaded Oval die and the gorgeous cameo came from a CTMH stamp set and I have embossed it with Ranger silver embossing powder.

#Screen card elegance

I decided to just put a small necklace of CTMH bitty sparkles to just add a little bling.  What do you think?

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Materials used for this screen card:

Cardstock – CTMH White Daisy

Patterned paper – unknown

White Glitter paper

Spellbinders Lacy Squares Nestabilities

Stamp – CTMH Sweet Moments (?still available)

Versamark

Ranger silver embossing ink

CTMH White Shimmer trim

Bitty Sparkles (CTMH)

Martha Stewart Doily edge punch

Stampin Up Decorative Label Punch

This card

For You Elegance

Materials used:

CTMH White Daisy Cardstock

Paper – unknown

Dies – Marianne Creatables LR0206, Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly, Marianne Craftables CR1204, Marianne Creatables LR0162

Martha Stewart Doily edge punch

CTMH clear sparkles

CTMH Black ink

Ribbon from my stash

I have used some lovely white glitter paper on the background and then used the Spellbinders Lacey Squares dies to layer with the beautiful paper.  It is really hard to show the lovely colours in a photograph.  The butterfly and the sparkle flourish fitted in really well with the size of the square.

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Materials used:

CTMH White Daisy cardstock

White Glitter paper

Memory Box die – Vivienne

Spellbinders Lacy Squares

Spellbinders Labels

CTMH bitty sparkles

CTMH sparkle flourish

Versamark ink

Ranger silver embossing powder.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop – White Pines

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Hello and welcome aboard our  Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop featuring the White Pines paper collection. If you have arrived here from Leah’s blog Leah Cameron’s Corner  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 cards I have made with these lovely papers. available until the 31st December through the Seasonal Expressions book.  There is so much versatility with these papers with a wide variety of colours and patterns.  I love the WOTG stamp set and featured this in my cards.

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This card base has been made using the Artfully Sent cartridge and the embellishments are from the Artistry cartridge.

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My new favourite embossing folder is the Confetti folder and here I have layered Fern and Ruby onto the embossed cardstock – it is a little difficult to pick it up in the photo.

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This colour paper is very Christmassy and I have used the new red enamel dots for the holly berries.

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Another Artfully Sent card this time using the Glacier colours for a more muted colour scheme using Fern and Glacier and the trees from the WOTG scrapbooking kit.

Finally I have made some card voucher holder cards.  I cut the base card out of Glacier cardstock and I have decorated the front with the lovely blue paper and the matching Christmas trees from the WOTG kit.

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Here is the inside of the card.  I have cut the card holder using the Artiste cartridge at 4″ from the blue paper and adhered it to the middle of the card.  I then cut the Colonial White cardstock and decorated them with stamps from the Holiday Cheer stamp set.  I don’t normally decorate inside the cards but I had to do so here in order to have somewhere to write a greeting in it.

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Here is another card that I have done using the same technique.  This time I have used another companies die to cut the shape on the front and then decorated with the stamps from the Holiday Cheer stamp set.

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I cut another shape out of the Colonial White cardstock and cut it in half to place on either side of the card holder.  The white shimmer trim made a lovely accent to the card.

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The White Pines papers and embellishments are only available until 31st December. from your CTMH consultant.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Vandra’s blog Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Glacier, White Daisy, Ruby, Fern

Paper – White Pines

Stamps – White Pines WOTG, Holiday Cheer

Inks – Fern, Glacier

Cricut cartridge – Artistry, Artiste, Artfully Sent

Extra thick twine – Fern

Green Shimmer trim

White shimmer trim

Paper Fundamentals Assortments – Glacier

Red Enamel Dots

Embossing Folder – Confetti

Other non CTMH product – SU Big Note Die

Have a good day and Happy Crafting

Patricia

Wavy Blooms are Perfect for Watercolouring

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I apologise for no blog post last week but I have been very busy and finding it hard to get any crafting done.   Plus I was waiting on my order for new products to arrive.  I also apologise for not getting around to everyone’s blogs to see what they have done and leave comments.  I just seem to run out of time to get to the reader.

Anyway, today I have some cards that I have made using the Wavy Blooms set and the new watercolours from CTMH.  I used to do watercolour painting a few years ago and but unfortunately, I no longer have the concentration and hands to do it anymore.  Plus I wasn’t great at drawing which is why I love stamping so much – someone else has drawn the image for me.  So I was really excited that watercolouring is now back in fashion.

For these cards I have stamped and embossed the images on the watercolour paper and then using my own paintbrush painted the flowers with the watercolours.  I used the vibrant yellow in the centres and the pink/red colour on the outside.  The trick with watercolour is to use a lot of water.  I had to work fast to help the colours blend together.  The watercolour paper is very different to what I have used in the past and it took some time to get used to it.  I think it is suitable for colouring in like what I have done or very basic backgrounds but I could not do a layered background like I could with the other papers.

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For this card I have also used the new circle diffuser which helps make it easier to add the circle shapes onto the embossed background.  For the centre of the flower I have used liquid glass and some small gold beads I had in my stash for something different.

#CTMH Wavy Blooms and Watercolour

I have used the new confetti embossing folder for this card and the following two cards.  It is so versatile and great to use both ends on two cards.  I love how the smaller flower went well on the larger flower.

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The coral shimmer tape went perfectly with the flowers.

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I also used the light yellow and greens for the small flowers and they went perfectly with the Pear cardstock.

I was very happy with how these cards turned out.  They are bright and vibrant and would certainly cheer someone up when they receive one of these cards.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Pear, Watercolour paper

Stamps – Sending Love

Inks – Pear, Versamark

Gold Embossing Powder

Embossing folders – Diamonds,

Embossing Diffuser – Round

Gold Sequins

Clear Sparkles

Gold bling gems

Shimmer trims – gold, coral

Small gold beads – from my stash

Liquid glass

These cards will be for sale at Gift Hutt.  The materials used will are available for sale from my website here.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop – Sangria

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Hello and welcome aboard our Australasian blog hop featuring the beautiful Sangria papers.  If you have arrived here from Maz’s blog, Inky Fingers then you are in the right place.  If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in following the link at the end of this post.

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Today I have some more cards featuring this gorgeous papers.  I have had some requests for Bon Voyage cards so used these papers and the lovely Here We Go stamp set to create a couple of cards.  I love that there are some many colours we can use with this paper range.

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And here is a another card that shows the versatility of the papers.  The colours are just gorgeous and  the photos do not really do it justice.  The new Victorian Gratitude stamp is just lovely and gives the card the finishing touch.  I love this bow from the Artiste cartridge.

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The Sangria range of products are available now from the Annual Catalague until July next year from your CTMH consultant (me) here.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Simone Morton’s blog, Scrappy Matters.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Fern, Pomegranate, Colonial White, Eggplant, Poppy

Paper – Sangria

Inks – Fern, Black, Slate, Eggplant

Stamps – Here we Go, Just to Say, Victorian Gratitude

Artiste Cricut Cartridge

Sparkles – Black and Grey Assortment 

Silver sequins

Brass button (NLA)

Black twine (NLA)

Happy Crafting

Patricia