Sunday, December 4, 2016

Y is for Yellow

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter Y. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their Y element will be featured in their post.

If you came from Darlys then you're on the right track!

For my Y, I decided to focus on the colour yellow as it is one of my favourite colours but I haven't done much crafting with it lately.

We have so many strawberries  in the garden, and I wanted to document them as they are my favorite fruit! I used red and yellow papers to really make the photo pop.



The title was made using a sticker from the Zoe Complements as well as a stamped title from the Cricut Cirlique Alphabet. I added a strawberry button from the Jubilee Complements and some Red Enamel Gems to continue the theme.



I loved this Juicy Details vellum from the Zoe Complements so I also added it to the yellow banner.



Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Catherine of CatScrapbooking.

In case you get lost along the way…go to Catherine Nowak  for a complete list of participants!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Worldwide December SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring December's SOTM, which is Thoughtful Flowers, a set of 14 stamps.


If you have come here from Alyson's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


This month we have 30 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

These flowers inspired me to make a soft watercolour card.

I started off  by clear embossing some of the floral images onto a piece of watercolour paper.



I then started applying my watercolour paints to the embossed images- letting the paint wander around the paper and not being too fussy about keeping within the lines as that is the beauty of watercolour!



I kept colouring until all of my flowers were done, then let them dry.



I wasn't happy with the stark white background, so I then brushed a light yellow watercolour wash over the entire card, taking care with the edges where the flowers were. I then stamped one of the sentiments from the December SOTM onto the card using Archival Black ink.



I love watercolouring this way, as the paints create beautiful mottled colours and splotches as they dry, allowing for variations in colour without too much effort. In the close up of the flowers you can see the different saturation levels from each colour. You can go over certain points again with the same colour to make the difference even more obvious, but I just love the soft look of this technique.



Now hop on over to Brenda's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the December SOTM is only available until 31st December!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Giving with Gift Tags

Hello and welcome to our CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop. This week our featured product is Gift Tags.

If you have just joined us you can start here and continue on, as this is a circular hop or if you get lost along the way you can find the complete list at the end of this post.   If you came here from Annette you are in the right place. Now on to my project:

I love the Cut Above 'Tis The Season Tag Kit, this makes it so easy to create beautiful gift tags!

The kit comes with everything you need, just take your favourite adhesive and a Christmas sentiment stamp to finish them off.



I used the Mini Stamp sets A Little JingleMerry & Bright and Mini Christmas for the sentiments and stamped them in Chocolate Ink on the white tag frames.



I matted the sentiments on the gold glitter strips then added them to the polka dot tag bases.



Here is one of the finished tags on a gift- I added some of the Black Shimmer Ribbon around the present for something extra!



Thank you for checking out my project. If you would like to purchase our featured product of the week or any additional supplies you can buy them here as this tag kit is only available until the end of December.

If you enjoyed my project please comment below as we love feedback! Next on our blog hop is Janna from Reflection of Me. Make sure to check out her amazing work featuring this same product.

Complete list of blogs participating:

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop S1612 Thoughtful Flowers

Hello and welcome aboard our December Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Shauna 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 a creation which features Close To My Heart’s December Stamp of the Month, Thoughtful Flowers.


I thought that one of the flowers looked like a poinsettia (I don't have a green thumb at all and can't usually name any flowers!) and so I decided to create a quick Christmas card using the stamp set and also the Very Merry stamp set.

I used Champagne and Ruby cardstock on a Colonial White card base, and I ran the cardstock through my Cuttlebug with a Woodgrain embossing folder. I used the Circle Diffuser to leave a smooth space in the middle of the card, where I stamped the flower in Ruby ink. The sentiment was also stamped with Ruby ink and matted on extra strips of Champagne and Ruby cardstock.



I layered a Coral Reef sequin and a Red Enamel Gem in the centre of the flower to add some extra interest, but otherwise left the card quite simple.



This exclusive stamp set is only available during December. It can be yours for just $7.50 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $30.50 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doris.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #188

Christmas card making is in full swing, and I have been using a lot of my scraps to get the most out of my paper packets!

This week's sketch at AHSC is perfect for all those little pieces left over that I just can't seem to throw out. 



This Christmas card was made using City Sidewalks paper with coordinating Willow cardstock, which I embossed using the Diamond Embossing Folder. I used the large sentiment as my second square, which I stamped in Willow ink and embellished with sequins.



Now all I need to do is repeat this design using other scraps of patterned paper and this sentiment stamped in a coordinating ink colour to create a stash of Christmas cards!

Monday, November 28, 2016

City Sidewalks meets My Crush

Close To My Heart has both a Cricut cartridge and a Collection called City Sidewalks, which I have mashed together today in a double page spread for my December Daily album.

City Sidewalks is also the theme over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week!

Here is the double page layout using the Happy, Happy Christmas My Crush pages as the base for my December Daily album.



I cut out the Merry Christmas title using the City Sidewalks Cricut cartridge in Ruby cardstock. The Speedy Santa sticker is from the City Sidewalks Complements.



The Santas across the left hand page are a Zip Strip from the City Sidewalks Paper Packet, and the glittery accents are from the matching Complements.



Now all I have to do is add some photos and journalling to this page!

Are you doing a December Daily album this year?

Fun with Flower Market!

Welcome to our Flower Market Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.  If you have come here from Michele's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


This month we have over 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this Cricut cartridge and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

This month's Stamp of the Month has coordinating cuts from the Flower Market, outlined as below.



My mum is a big fan of wine, and so I wanted to use this stamp set plus the Cricut cuts to create a card for her birthday.

I cut the banner from the Flower Market cartridge, and the sentiment was stamped in Pansy ink using one of the stamps that comes with the cartridge bundle.



I created the background by stamping the wine glasses in second generation Pansy ink. I then swiped the Shimmer Brush over the tops of each glass and defined the edge by using a silver pen to create the line.

I used some of the Thin 3D Foam Tape to pop up the banner and add some interest.



I embellished the inside of the card with the Cheers sentiment, and three of the banners cut from the Flower Market cartridge and stamped with Pansy ink.



Now I have a card that perfectly matches my mum's birthday gift!



Now "Hop" on over to Krista's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

To see more of my ideas using the Flower Market cartridge, click here.