Wednesday, January 27, 2016

1 Stamp Set - 3 Cards

Everything has been coming up roses over the past couple of weeks on my blog and today is no exception! There is no doubt that I have loved playing with the
January Stamp of the Month - Beloved Bouquet. This stamp set offers so many options for cardmakers and scrapbookers alike. It could be used for just about anything...Anniversary, Birthday, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Thinking of You, Thank you and so much more. However, there is some sad news... you only have a few more days to add this stamp set to your collection! If this is your "must have" stamp set too?... then pop on over to my ONLINE SHOP and place your order today and avoid disappointment.

Featured below are 3 cards created using the January Stamp of the Month - Beloved Bouquet that really highlight the versatility of the stamp set. I love that you can whip up a simple and effective card in just a few minutes or spend time in your craft room with inks and paints to create something a little more detailed. Whatever option you choose, I know this stamp set will help you create a masterpiece.

Don't forget you only have until the end of the month to add this lovely stamp set to you collection -  just $7.50 when you place an order of $75 or more in Close To My Heart products either online in my store, by phoning or emailing and placing your order directly through me... with 14 images included, this is stamp set is seriously great value!


Sunday, January 17, 2016

More Beloved Bouquets

I have been creating like crazy with this month's Stamp of the Month - Beloved Bouquet... you name it, layouts, cards etc  they have all been stamped in beautiful roses!

This is one of the layouts I shared at the 2 workshop events this weekend. It really showcases how the new Regatta Paper Pack can be used for more than just nautical themed projects... it is certainly very pretty used here.

The layout was based on the sketch below that I designed and altered slightly to add a large journaling box. I plan to use this page in a Heritage album and wanted an area to write down all the historical facts along with my memories.

The stamped images were all fussy cut and layered into the corner of the pages. I used Pomegranate, Sapphire, Flaxen and Glacier Inks. The stamped flower clusters were then complemented with leaves cut from the Cricut® Artistry Collection along with an assortment of embellishments - Glacier Fundamental Assortment, Blue Enamel Dots and Red Enamel Gems.

Don't forget you only have until the end of the month to add this lovely stamp set to you collection -  just $7.50 when you place an order of $75 or more in Close To My Heart products either online in my store, by phoning or emailing and placing your order directly through me... with 14 images included, this is one very versatile stamp set!

... and while you are browsing in my online shop take a peek at what is on offer for National Papercrafting Month - an exclusive Picture My Life™ Live Your Day set of fabulous cards for only $13.50. They were designed to coordinate perfectly with the sensational Everyday Life™ 2016 Planner Pages and My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, so you can seamlessly integrate pocket scrapbooking into your 2016 planner. In the coming days I will be sharing the next instalment of my planner ideas and I will show you how I have used this set. However, in the meantime you can check them out here.

Happy shopping and creating Crafty Friends xx

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Stamp of the Month - Beloved Bouquet

It is time for another new sketch over at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and because I am currently "obsessed" with the January Stamp of the Month...yes, it's a big favourite at the moment and it is getting used in so many of my papercraft projects... I thought I would combine the two.

Sketch Challenge # 141


I decided to reverse the sketch, and alter the design a little. I shortened the border strip and moved the sentiment to the lower section of the card... and this was the result.

I used another of the new paper packs recently released by Close To My Heart called Penelope - this pack simply makes me smile... is it so bright and pretty. It includes 12 springtime style prints - 12" × 12" B&T Duos™ (2 each of 6 double-sided designs). The floral cluster was created using the 2nd generation stamping technique along with the base & shade method - the Beloved Bouquet stamp set has been designed to help you create this great textured effect - here's how... stamp the solid base in a light colour of ink (2nd generation ink) and the matching detail image in a darker colour directly over it. For this card the flower and leaf images were stamped in Thistle, Pixie, Honey and Pear Exclusive Inks™. I used this same technique for the background section of ink splatter stamped with an image from the Ink Blot Stamp Set. There are 7 sentiments to choose from in this month's Stamp of the Month set and all of them would have been perfect for this card but I chose to use "you mean so much to me". I love the brush stroke style of font used for this image. The card was embellished with the Pixie coloured washi tape from the new Limeade Washi Pack and 2 little heart stickers - the pink heart from the Kaleidoscope Complements and the black glitter heart from the Black Fundamental Assortment.

If you would like to play along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge or see what the design team created using this sketch - you can find the Atlantic Hearts blog here. To purchase the Stamp of the Month - Beloved Bouquet, head on over to my online store and while you are there, browse through the complete list of new products.

If you are interested in attending one of my upcoming workshop events?? You will find me in Melbourne on the 16th January (Heidelberg) and the 17th January (Mulgrave) the registration fee for both events includes your choice of a Scrapbook or Card kit featuring this month's Stamp of the Month and the 3 new paper packs (Charlotte, Regatta and Penelope). Click HERE to register for Heidelberg or HERE for Mulgrave. I'd love for you to join us for some papercrafting fun...everyone is welcome!!


Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year & Welcome to 2016 - wishing you a year full of love, laughter and lots of create fun!... today I am super excited to announce the release of our brand new Seasonal Expressions catalogue.

It is available for you to view right now on my website just click here. It contains a gorgeous array of new ideas and product to kick start your creativity in 2016!... especially our 3 new "Workshop Your Way Kits" - you will love this innovative concept... with just 1 kit you can complete 3 Double Page Layouts, 2 Picture My Life/Pocket Page Layouts and approx. 8-9 cards all with cutting guides and instructions. Best of all if you can't attend my workshops or prefer to scrap in the comfort of your own home?... you can follow a step by step video such as this one featuring the new Charlotte range.

Pictured below is the new Regatta Workshops Your Way Kit that I have been busily creating a variety of summer fun and pretty floral projects with. It is such a versatile contains a great nautical theme, a cheerful colour palette and a lovely selection of flowers that includes stickers and die-cuts.
The cover of the new Seasonal Expressions catalogue was my inspiration for this card that also uses some of the Regatta Complements featured above.
The pocket and leaf shapes were cut from the Artistry Cricut® Cartridge while the 3 larger flowers and Glacier coloured leaves were created from our brand new die-cutting system...yes! another exciting newcomer to our range called Thin Cuts -  metal dies that can be used with your favourite die cutting machine to cut shapes that co-ordinate perfectly with the My Acrylix®  stamp sets. There are 4 to choose from and the one I have used here is called Springtime Wishes it has 11 different shapes of flowers and leaves and works alongside the Springtime Wishes stamp set. The stamped flowers and leaves were then complimented with the die-cut and stickers included in the Regatta Complements Pack. The "Thanks" sentiment can be found in one of the new stamp sets found in the Seasonal Expressions called Friendly Wishes - a great value set of 9 sentiments for $10.00! I also used  Glacier Extra Thick Twine,
Enamel Blue Dots and Red Enamel Gems to embellish this card.
Although today is release day you can SHOP NOW from our New Seasonal Expressions catalogue, everything is available in my online shop and can be delivered right to your doorstep - perfect timing for those of you spending your Summer Holidays crafting up a storm - Enjoy!