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Having Fun with Heartfelt Creations Ariana Blooms

Welcome back

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

Australasian CTMH SOTM – Typed Note Blog Hop

1255207_10202500725937312_859120681790975122_nHello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.  If you have arrived here from Mandy’s blog, Hall of Indulgence 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 cards that I have made which features April Stamp of the Month Typed Note  available exclusively throughout April for $33 or for just $5 when you spend $75. (New Zealand)

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I have been looking forward to this stamp set for a long time as it is going to be such an asset to my ever growing stamp collection.  This is great for both cardmaking and scrapbooking projects and if I had not already scrapped my old school photos this would have been perfect for my old black and white photos.

First up I have used the new Jackson papers that is available from the new Seasonals Expressions catalogue which has also been released today.  This is a very masculine paper and I have cut out an envelope using the Artfully Sent cartridge and then added some trims using scraps of the same paper and Cocoa cardstock to turn this into a satchel into which I have added a fussy cut out typewriter from the stamp set with a message.  And yes that is a strip of Timberline that was in the last Idea Book that I had kept just in case, as you do, and this was just perfect for the project.  I just needed to trim it to fit.  I have added some Licorice Opaques which unfortunately are no longer available.

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Here is the inside of the card.  I don’t normally put anything inside but I had put a little smudge on the edge so I decorated the edges with strips of the Jackson paper and then stamped the birthday image inside.

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Next is a card that I have made with the gorgeous new Blossom papers that is also in the new catalogue.  I have also used the new Shower Flowers stamp set to decorate this thank you card to make it more feminine.  This stamp set is designed to go with the papers and here I have used the matching colours – Sunset, Pear, Glacier with a touch of Honey for the flowers and then fussy cut them out.  I love using the new extra thick twine to finish off cards and here I have used liquid glass to adhere the twine along the sides of the beautiful zip strip.  To finish I have used the new Coral Reef sequins on the small flowers.

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The typewriter image goes so well with the Chalk it Up papers and here I have embossed the Flaxen cardstock with the arrows embossing folder and then sanded it to get the white core to add some dimension.  I then matted various layers with the Chalk it Up B&T papers and some more Flaxen cardstock.  I used some retired black twine to add some interest to the background.  I stamped the typewriter image on some scrap Colonial White cardstock and fussy cut it out.  Finally, I stamped the birthday sentiment with Flaxen ink on the paper.

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Finally, I have used the now retired Hopscotch papers using a favourite pattern from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 pattern 28 and using the same techniques as before but this time as I had very hot and sticky hands the typewriter image smudged a little so I used a scrap piece of Hopscotch papers to paper piece the paper onto the typewriter.  The little pointed finger was a fun element to add to the card.  For the sentiment I have used Sunset ink as it seemed the only colour that would stand out.

CTMH SOTM - Typed NoteTyped Note is only available until 30th April from your CTMH consultant.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren’s blog, CTMH Craftings

Materials used:

Jackson Card

Cardstock – Cocoa, Colonial White

Papers – Jackson, scrap of Timberline

Inks – black

Cricut Cartridge – Artfully Sent

Opaques – Licorice (NLA)

Blossom Card

Cardstock – Kraft, White Daisy

Papers – Blossom

Stamps – Shower Flowers

Inks – Sunset, Pear, Honey, Glacier

Sequins – Coral Reef

Extra Thick Twine – Glacier

Chalk It Up Card

Cardstock – Flaxen, Colonial White

Paper – Chalk It Up

Ink – Flaxen, Black

Embossing Folder – Arrows

Black twine (NLA)

Hopscotch Card

Cardstock – Colonial White, Flaxen, Sunset

Papers – Hopscotch

Ink – Black, Sunset

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

Australasian CTMH SOTM Blog Hop – Circus Alphabet

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Lauren’s blog, CTMH Craftings then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problems, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

This month’s SOTM set is the Circus Alphabet set.    In the past I have never used alphabet stamps so this has been great to challenge me.  But they are easy to use in a number of different ways.   In today’s blog there are a number of different projects that I have used the Circus Alphabet set to show how versatile these stamps are.

Alphabet stamps suit baby cards so well with spelling out the words baby, boy and girl easily.  First up is a baby girl card that I have done with the Lollydoodle papers.  I have trimmed the edge of the front card by 1 1/4″ and then used the scallop edge punch to create some interest.  I then trimmed the card with a combination of papers from the Lollydoodle range.  The sentiment is from the Cricut Artiste cartridge and the crib is from the B is For Baby stamp set.  The sparkles have been coloured with Cotton Candy alcohol markers to match the colour scheme.

CTMH Lollydoodle baby card.For the blocks with the letters I have cut out 3 pieces of 1 1/4″ White Daisy cardstock and then I stamped the letters using Cotton Candy and Pear inks.  I have used the Pear and Cotton Candy alcohol markers to draw a line around the edges of the blocks.  I have tried to make these look like children’s building blocks.

 

 

CTMH Lollydoodle baby cardHere is a baby boy card using a building block card technique from Splitcoaststampers here.  I have seen a couple of these cards and they are great for baby cards and the lovely blue striped paper from the Ariana paper range is perfect for a boy’s card.  Once again I have used the stamp set B is For Baby and fussy cut the images of the pram, crib and rattle.  Sparkles have been added to give a little bling.

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Here is a close up of the blocks.

Here is another card similar to what I have done in the past using the pattern from the Make It FromCTMH SOTM - Circus AlphabetHere is another card similar to what I have done in the past from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 pattern 19.  As you can see I love this paper and also the scallop punch to add a little  – well punch…  I am not sure it is finished yet so I will keep looking at it, and if I change it I will post it here.

DSCF1496-001Finally I have made some tea bag dispenser box using Ariana papers and have stamped the word TEA on the back of it.  This is another really easy project to do and once again I have got the pattern from Splitcoaststampers here.  I must admit I found the instructions for the decorative layers quite complicated and ended up using my method of matting of decreasing by 1/4″ each side to simplify what I was doing.  I have distressed everything including the rosette with Cashmere ink to give it a lovely vintage look.

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Here is the back of the box with the words from the stamp set.

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Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Outdoor Denim, Colonial White, Pear, Pink glitter cardstock

Papers – Ariana, Lollydoodle

Stamp sets – Circus Alphabet, B is for Baby,  Frame Flair

Inks – Cotton Candy, Pear, Outdoor Denim, Cashmere

Cricut cartidges – Artiste, Art Philosophy

Alcohol markers – Cotton Candy, Pear

Sparkles – Bitty and regular

Green epoxy bubbles

Mini medley – rosewood collection

Topiary chevron ribbon

Outdoor Denim bakers twine

Scallop punch

 

This gorgeous stamp set is available for the month of July only from your CTMH consultant here.   I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Denise’s blog, Stamp, Stamp, share.

Have a great month playing with this stamp set.

Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

CTMH

Welcome back.

Welcome to my new followers and I hope that you enjoy reading my weekly blog showcasing the wonderful CTMH products.

I have realised that I have missed a couple of milestones.  One is that my post on the pennant frames made the top 10 for the Heart 2 Heart Challenges in May.  I was thrilled to see my name and image on the honour board and when my life settles a little I will try and enter more challenges.

The other milestone I missed was that I have now written over 200 blog posts.  I have now been blogging nearly two years and while sometimes it can be a chore it is also challenging me to do different and interesting every week to help inspire others to be more creative.

Today I will show cards that I have made for a craft fair I went to last weekend.  I wanted to show the range of papers available and I heard some lovely comments about how beautiful my cards were.

(I do apologise for the quality of the photos but it was getting dark when I took these photos).

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This card has been made using the Jubilee paper and the SOTM set which was featured in last weeks blog hop – ‘Karboom’.   As I said last week these papers and stamps were meant to be together and this card would be great for a masculine card.  I have finished off with a dimensional star which has been distressed with Cashmere ink and then I have topped off with a blue epoxy bubble.  Finally the blue epoxy bubbles help to anchor the ‘celebrate’ sentiment onto the card.

DSCF1419This card is another masculine card using the Timberline papers and these papers work so well together with the Bamboo cardstock that has been embossed with the stripe embossing folder from CTMH.  I love using the  Perfect Fit – Frames 2 and the Holiday Tags stamp sets and here I have used foam tape to raise the Happy Father’s Day image on the frame.

DSCF1417I love the simplicity of this card and I have used the paper and colours from the Balloon Ride papers.  This card is a sneak peak of what I have been up to with the Balloon Ride papers for another blog hop at the beginning of next month.  Again I have used the stripe embossing folder to emboss the centre panel and have done a variation of my favourite card pattern from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 for a change.  I have used Frame Flair stamps and the Happy Birthday is from the Cursive Birthday stamp set.

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This Skylark card was easy to do as I used the beautiful papers to their full effect.  I have used the corner of one of the B&Ts which already had a lovely pattern with ribbons and stamping.  I have added a couple of extra pennant ribbons with one one made from the other side of this paper and a piece of teal shimmer trim.  The aqua dots work so well with Skylark as well.  I have stamped the corner with the corner stamp from the Believe in Yourself stamp set with Lagoon ink.  I then stamped the Believe in Yourself sentiment from the same stamp set onto White Daisy cardstock which has been matted with Lagoon cardstock.  I have then finished off with a teal resin flower from the Skylark assortments.

 

 

 

 

DSCF1415This card has been made using the Ivy Lane papers and this time I have done the pattern from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 book and used the zip strip for the band.  I love the Frame Flair stamp set as the stamps are so versatile for different uses.  Here I have layered the image with a circle cut out from Pear cardstock and then layered it with a circle from the Perfect-Fit Birthday stamp set and then I have cut the flower from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  The flower has made by cutting three different sizes and then I have sponged the edges with Hollyhock ink and finished off with a flower from the Ivy Lane assortments.

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I think this is my favourite paper pack out of all the new seasons papers.  The Ariana papers have a very vintage feel and look great distressed with Cashmere ink.  This is what I have done here with the papers, sentiment and the butterfly.  The butterfly has been cut using the Artbooking cartridge and I have layered the patterned lower image with the Ariana Coral cardstock (which is only available with this paper pack)  and finished off with the sparkles from the Sparkle – Flourishes set.
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Finally here is the Lollydoodle papers.  I love pink and it is so easy to make cards with this paper packet.  Here I have used the Charming Chevrons stamp set and stamped the images using Cotton Candy ink and then trimmed the chevrons out with scissors and then I have finished them with the coordinating sparkle shapes.  I have used the Frame Flair stamp and then layered the smaller image from the Cricut Art Philosophy Tags stamp set.  This stamp is great as you can chose who you give this card too.  I have used a Flamingo dot to the top of the tag.  I love combining different patterns and shapes and stretching the rules with patterns and shapes.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Colonial White, White Daisy, Pear, Cashmere, Saddle, Twilight,  Indian Corn Blue, Bamboo, Lagoon

Papers – Ivy Lane, Jubilee, Timberline, Lollydoodle, Ariana, Ballon Ride, Skylark

Inks – Saddle, Twilight, Chocolate, Ponderosa Pine, Cotton Candy, Hollyhock, Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim, Lagoon

Stamp sets – Holiday Tags, Cursive Birthday, Perfect-Fit Birthdays, Perfect Fit – Frames 2, Cricut Art Philosophy Tags, Karboom, Charming Chevrons, Believe In Yourself

Cricut Cartridges – Art Philosophy, Artbooking

Embossing Folders – stripe

Accessories – Flaming Dots, Blue and Green Epoxy bubbles, Sparkles – Flourishes Small, Ivy Lane assortments, Black and Grey sparkles, Sparkle Chevron Shapes, Triangle Studs,

I can’t believe how quickly time is flying and in less than 2 months CTMH will be releasing their new Idea Book.  Most of these papers  and patterns will no longer be available so if you would like to purchase some you will need to be in quick.  Click on any of the highlighted links to go straight to my website where you can browse through all the products that are available.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

I have just realised that I have balanced the cards with a good mix of masculine and feminine cards which is really pleasing.  I hope that you have enjoyed these and I will now have to put my creative cap on for next week’s blog.

Happy Crafting

Patricia

CTMH Fabulously You

Welcome back.

I apologise for being MIA again but I was spending last weekend working on my next blog hops featuring the June SOTM set and the Jubilee paper pack.  After scrapbooking I needed to get back to my cardmaking.

So today I have made some cards using the gorgeous stamp set Fabulously You ((C1533).  This set is so versatile and I have tried to do three different versions to demonstrate this.

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This card has been made using the basic pattern from Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 page 46.  I have stamped the main image using Olive ink onto White Daisy cardstock and then distressed the image with Cashmere ink.  I have done the same with the diamond patterned stamp on the band.  The main image has been matted with Olive cardstock.  I had a leaf left over from the Timberline layout and it fitted beautifully with the Olive ink and cardstock.  The card was completed with a bow made with the Topiary mini chevron ribbon and a couple of green epoxy bubbles.  The card base I have used is Colonial White despite using White Daisy cardstock for stamping the images.  But because I have distressed the White Daisy cardstock with Cashmere ink it has given it an aged vintagey look.

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This card has been made using the beautiful blue striped paper from the Ariana paper pack and the zip strip from the paper.  The image of the cardinal has been stamped using Outdoor Denim on a base card measuring 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches and then stamped another three times on scrap White Daisy cardstock.  I have cut out three flowers from one of the images, then the two top images from the second image and finally the top flower out of the final image.  These have been layered on the original image using the Tombow adhesive – I have not used foam tape as I did not want too much height on the image.  I have used the light Indian Corn Blue marker to colour the petals and a Buttercup marker for the centre.  I then placed sparkles in the middle and just touched them with the Buttercup marker.  The image was then matted onto Outdoor Denim cardstock and placed on the card base.  I have stamped the sentiment from the Fabulous You stamp set onto White Daisy cardstock and then matted it with Outdoor Denim cardstock.

DSCF1390I have kept this card deliberately two-toned.  I finally got the Stripe embossing folder and I love the fact that it has a split in the centre and I can partially emboss the cardstock.  Here I have left 2 inches un-embossed and then matted the White Daisy cardstock onto Outdoor Denim cardstock.  The band has been stamped with Outdoor Denim using the diamond stamp from the Fabulous You stamp set and then matted with Outdoor Denim and placed just above the edge of the embossing.  The bird image has been stamped with Outdoor Denim ink on White Daisy cardstock and matted with Outdoor Denim cardstock.  The Happy Birthday from the Holiday Tags stamp set was stamp on a banner that I had cut using my Cricut machine using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I then matted it with some Outdoor Denim cardstock and placed on the card.  I finished this off with some blue epoxy bubbles.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Olive, White Daisy, Outdoor Denim, Ponderosa Green, 

Paper – Ariana paper pack

Stamp Sets – Fabulous You, Holiday Tags

Inks – Outdoor Denim, Olive, Cashmere

Embossing Folder – stripe

Liquid glass

Green and Blue Epoxy bubbles

Markers – Buttercup, Indian Corn Blue

Sparkles – clear and bitty

Cricut cartridge – Art Philosophy

I hope that you all have a good week.

Happy Crafting

Patricia

The Paper Trail Blog Hop – Timberline

Welcome back to the Paper Trail Blog featuring the fabulous Timberline papers.  This is such a masculine paper and a lot of fun to use.

If you have come from Betsy’s blog,  you are in the right place and if you have just popped in to visit then feel free to have a good browse.  The blog hop is circular so once you have visited everyone you will end up where you have started.

For my post today I have done a layout of my son using the WOTG layout with my own twist.  I cut out the basic layout months ago and finally with this blog hop I managed to get it completed.  I could not believe that the school photo of James went so well with the Twilight base card and  I also managed to find some photos of James playing cricket at about the same age and once again the photos went well with the colours.  Here is the layout:

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My Cricut machine got another good workout.  I have used the Artbooking cartridge to cut the vines and leaves, the Ready. Steady.Go and the All Boy titles and the Art Philosophy cartridge for the scalloped matting.  The leaves have been cut using Ponderosa Pine cardstock and then layered with Olive cardstock.  I have then distressed them all with Desert Sand ink to add some dimension to the leaves.  I have also used an embossing tool to add some texture to the vine leaves.  Here is a close up of the leaves:

Close up of Artbooking leaves

I have kept to a fairly simple colour scheme – just using Ponderosa Pine and Desert Sand inks on the Ponderosa Pine, Bamboo and Twilight cardstock.  I think this makes for a very harmonious layout.

Here is a list of the materials I have used for the layout:

Cardstock – Twilight, Bamboo, Ponderosa Pine, Colonial White

Inks – Ponderosa Pine. Desert Sand

Papers – Timberline

Stamp sets – Catch You Later, Take Note Cricut Bundle, Tech Speak

Cricut Cartridges – Art Philosophy, Artbooking

Dimensional elements

I have also made some fishing cards from these papers.  I love the Timberline paper with it’s beautiful plaid pattern and the wonderful woodgrain effect paper – very versatile.  In the past I have found it very difficult purchasing decent masculine cards and CTMH make it so easy to make cards for everyone.

CTMH Timberline card

CTMH Timberline card

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CTMH Timberline cardThe materials used are:

Cardstock – Colonial white, Cashmere, Chocolate, Slate

Paper – Timberline

Inks – Cashmere, Chocolate, Twilight

Stamp sets – Catch You Later, Joyful Birthday, Just a Number

Bakers Twine – Chocolate

Sparkles Black and Grey Assortment

(I have used my Scorpal to score the horizontal lines – time to get the CTMH Stripe embossing folder I think!).

I hope you have enjoyed your visit here and seen how much fun the Timberline papers are.  Now hop on over to Mary’s blog here to check out her fabulous creations.

Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

 

 

CTMH Skylark embossed card.

Welcome

I hope everyone has had a good week and are ready for new week.  For this week’s post I am ( showing a very simple card featuring one of the new embossing folders from Close to My Heart.

CTMH cardI love the Skylark colours and here I have used Lagoon cardstock with the Skylark yellow paper which echoes the pattern of the embossing.  For the flower I have cut three daisy shapes with my Cricut Artiste cartridge out of Buttercup cardstock and sponged the edges of the shapes with Sweet Pear to tone down the yellow to allow it to be more subdued and match the yellow paper better.  I then finished the flower off with a flower from the Skylark Assortment pack.  I am really enjoying using the twist ties to add something different to a project and here they finish off the flower nicely.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Buttercup, Lagoon

Inks – Lagoon, Slate, Sweet Leaf

Papers – Skylark

Skylark Assortment

Stamp – Holiday Tags (D1560)

Cricut cartridge – Artiste

Slate twist ties

Next week I have a couple of blog hops so I am busy with preparing for them so watch this space…

I hope you all have a good week and I will see you next week.

Happy crafting

Patricia