Monday, August 19, 2013

Creative Kickoff Creations

Oh WOW!! WOW WOW! - I have just arrived home from the most amazing weekend of fun, friendship and paper craft play that you will ever find in one place -  Close To My Heart's Australasian Creative Kickoff event. There were 550 Consultants in the Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne learning all about the yummy goodness this wonderful company has released for their friends DownUnder... and even more special was the fact that I got to play a small part in this fabulous event. With a little over one weeks notice I was very honoured to be asked to share my tips and tricks on some basic stamping techniques along with some inspiring ideas using products from the Product Launch Guide. I thought I would share some of these projects here for you, with the hope that they may inspire you to give this product range a whirl and see for yourself how wonderful these gorgeous products actually are.

This card was so much fun to create I used the little flower motif image from the Family Love set and produced a variegated look by first inking up the image with Buttercup Ink and then "rock & rolling" it into my  Cotton Candy Ink Pad it then created the wonderful tie-dye effect.

The card above uses the same "rock and roll" technique but this time I only rolled the Cotton Candy Ink on the outer tip of the stamp the pink edges...... and LOL! Here I am on stage - I love sharing but I'm not sure of the whole centre of attention thing you get when standing in front of an audience - so humbled by the reaction and the standing ovation from my peers - they certainly showed their appreciation and made me feel very special - there are not too many "jobs" that can boast that! - the joys of being a Close To My Heart Consultant.

This was another fun card to make, again the "rock & rolling" of the little floral stamp randomly stamped over some White Daisy Cardstock - but the real magic happened when I turned my larger flower image over and stamped the base of it in Lagoon Ink on Lagoon Cardstock - it produced a lovely deeper Lagoon colour with a slightly distressed look....I then turned the image back to the front and stamped again with the Black Ink and cut around the shape to produce the flowers....this technique is called "base & shade".....and here I am feeling the love from Close To My Heart's Vice Presidents - Kristine Widtfeldt and Monica Wihongi. These two ladies are extraordinary and enthusiastic ambassadors for the company - they ooze so much love and passion for what they do.
This is another little card using the "base & shade" technique and of course it is Pink! and for the card directly below it, I created my own unique, one of a kind paper by stamping part of the Bird/Flourish image from the "Fabulous You" set onto some White Daisy Cardstock with Cotton Candy Ink - it has light and dark shades of the image because I used the 2nd Generation technique...first I inked up my image and stamped onto the paper and then to produce the lighter colour I stamped the image again without re-inking....2nd generation ink!! - looks cool doesn't it?? - it is almost a 2 for 1 offer :)

This little gift card also uses the 2nd Generation stamping technique in the border trim and I used a little ink to distress the edges of my paper flowers too! One of my most favourite things to create at the moment, is paper flowers on my cricut machine. They are the perfect embellishment for so many projects - if you want make your own paper flowers check out the Art Philosophy cartridge in my online store. - you won't regret it!! and the 3 little gift boxes below were all created using the Artiste Cricut Collection - which happens to be my absolute favourite... and I really believe it is a "must have"  item for any crafter....imagine your friend's delight when you present your gifts to them in these sweet little boxes... that you have made and decorated all by yourself - truly one of a kind masterpieces!

The pink spotted trim on the little box/purse above was created using the punctuation/full stop from the Urban Alphabet set - Hollyhock Ink on Hollyhock Cardstock creates a fantastic 2 tone effect....

I hope you have enjoyed this extensive "show and tell" blog post - I certainly have lots more I could show you, but this is a small selection of some of my favourite pieces from my presentation. However, please contact me if you would like to know more or would like to purchase some of the goodies shown. Don't forget you can send me a message here or at facebook or even shop at any time of the day or night at my Online Shop ...Cheers!


Christine said...

Hi Chris
What a wonderful post, yes I did enjoy your show & tell from CKO. I did enjoy seeing you in person too & you did such a wonderful job of inspiring us all. Keep up the wonderful job that you & thats so much for sharing your work with us. Christine

Memory Crafting with Wendy Smith said...

Oh Chris! You are AMAZING!!!! Cannot believe not only how creative you are, but also how GENEROUS you are too! Once again you gave us an amazing presentation, sharing your unique 'Chris Lothian' Style, and it is truly appreciated. Where to from here Chris???? The only way is up .... Thank YOU for being YOU! XX

Veronica said...

Great stuff Chris - thanks for sharing all your tips and techniques.

Kit and Rina said...

Thanks for the great ideas, hope to put it into practice soon.