CTMH Australasian SOTM Blog Hop – This Moment

 

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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 Doris Taylor’s blog Creative Inspirations,  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.

I apologise if this is a repeat post for you.  I had accidentally pressed publish for my first draft and of course once that happens you can’t take it back, unfortunately.   Gotta love technology sometimes!

Today I would like to share with you some cards which features the January SOTM This Moment which is  available exclusively throughout January for $33 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

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This stamp set would be perfect for  wedding and Valentine Day layouts but I didn’t have any suitable photos so I made some cards instead using the Heartstrings papers as they were a good match with this stamp set.  The Heartstrings papers are from the Seasonal Expressions catalogue which is available until the end of March.  I have also kept the cards simple by sticking to the papers, stamps and coordinating cardstocks and inks.

For the first card I have matched up the Cranberry and Lagoon cardstocks with the patterned papers from the Heartstrings paper.  For the target I have cut the outer two shapes with the Art Philosophy cartridge and then stamped the same image on scrap White Daisy cardstock – twice with Cranberry and once with Whisper ink. I then fussy cut out the circles and layered them on to create the striped effect.  The arrow and the sentiment have been stamped and fussy cut out and placed on the card.

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I was searching for some inspiration and went to the tried and true Make it From Your Heart Volume 1 and found pattern number 27.  I have mixed the patterned paper with the script paper and later realised that I had the script the wrong way but I was looking at the flourishes!  Anyway, I have stamped the images with a mix of Whisper and Cranberry ink and the main image has been matted with Cranberry and Whisper cardstock.

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Finally here is a very quick and easy card utilising the gorgeous Heartstrings papers.  I have place a matted trim of coordinating paper across in order to place the simple stamped Hello that has been matted on Cranberry cardstock  and then finished with a bow from the retired Ariana Assortments.

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Materials used:

Cardstock – Cranberry, White Daisy, Whisper, Lagoon

Paper – Heartstrings B&Ts

Inks – Cranberry, Whisper, Lagoon

Ariana Assortments (retired)

Cricut Cartridges – Art Philosophy

This Moment is only available until 31st January  from your CTMH consultant here.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Anne Patterson’s Blog Mummy you made this?

Happy Crafting

Patricia

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My photo of the day. I have been exploring my camera and started using the A setting on the camera and discovered the optical digital zoom which gave me a lot more grunt for macro photography. Here I managed to get a brief ray of sunshine to back light the flower and because I was able to zoom in I got a much better bokeh effect without manipulating the environment. I am looking forward to learning more about macro photography at the camera club. But sometimes there is nothing better than getting out and practicing. At least with digital cameras you can view the photos and delete them as necessary before printing them off.
I would also like to add that my Memory Manager 4.0 has been an excellent tool to help me sort all my photos easily and I do all my editing and journalling in it before I upload to Flickr. It is so much easier doing this than doing it online. Plus I can also rate my photos as well so I know which ones to use when I am doing my digital and/or traditional scrapbooking. MM also has a feature where you can put the photos into an album to help you plan for doing an album which is great for oganizing in advance. I have started to also use more touch up tools as well, but that is also a work in progress and another topic for a future post.
Have a great day everyone.
Patricia

 

Autumn is coming

Hello there

Autumn is finally here and the leaves are starting to change colour and to celebrate some rain and cooler weather at last, I have created an autumn layout on my StoryBook Creator 4.0.  I have used the Fall Appreciation 2012 kit as the colours are very autumnal.

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The layout was a sketch from an Artful Crafts competition and I inserted photo boxes to create the background layers.  Other than that this layout was a matter of clicking and dragging the embellishments onto the page and resizing them as required.  I got an honorable mention for this in the competition – I don’t think they had had a digital layout entered before.

Happy Autumn everyone in the Southern Hemisphere and Happy spring for the Northern Hemisphere.

Happy crafting

Patricia

 

More digital shabby chic

Hi there

I have been further developing my theme of digital shabby chic and using my wedding photos in a layout using shabby chic embellishments from a range of sources.  I have also used black and white photos to good effect (I think) in the second layout.

Two things I love about digital scrapbooking or art is 1) there is no mess and 2) there is an undo and redo button and you can change to your heart’s content.  I do have to watch that I stop before too much is definitely too much though.

These layouts would look lovely on the new photo panels or in the Everyday Display from Creative Memories.

As usual I will put the instructions on how I have made these layouts on my Digital Creations page.  I try to remember what I have done, but if you are unsure of any steps please feel free to contact me.

Digital Shabby Chic wedding layout

Wedding chic layout

Happy crafting.

Patricia

Digital Shabby Chic

Welcome

Unfortunately health issues have slowed me down a little, but I can still play with my StoryBook Creator 4.0.  I have been really inspired by the gorgeous shabby chic cards and tags on Pinterest and have tried to replicate the same effects on the computer.  I have used some free images that I got from a CD in a book on Vintage Images from the library, but I could see that an old photo or one that has been made sepia or black and white would work just as well.  The other images have been digital freebies through CM. This image would look great on the new panels that Creative Memories have just released.  I will put instructions on my digital page for your information.

Created using #Creative Memories StoryBook Creator 4.0
Created using #Creative Memories StoryBook Creator 4.0

Happy Scrapping

Patricia Manhire