How pretty are the flourishes in this stamp set? Don’t limit your view of this set to heritage layouts. Add some coloured ink and use them with current photos. Today’s layout records mornings spent at the beach.
The flourishes around the title are stamped tone on tone on Almond cardstock and then fussy cut. The flourishes stamped on the background page were made with Bluebird ink (it didn’t photograph well) using masking to overlap the images
Add texture and sparkle with embossing folders and Stickles
The new Under the Sea embossing folder is just fabulous. Lots of sea shells, fish and bubbles. Just add Stickles to a few of the elements to highlight the patterns and you have an eye catching pattern.
Order your Stamp of the Month
Family Legacy(S2003) is only available during March, 2020. Full retail price is $34 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $9 when accompanied by an $80 order. Yes! That is a reduction in the qualifying amount, making it easier than ever for you to own this gorgeous stamp set.
The Oh My Heart collectionincludes a paper pack, stickers, co-ordinating cardstock and a stamp set. You can purchase items individually or as a bundle. There is also a downloadable instruction handout filled with inspiration for 1 layout, 1 single page and 40 cards. Be sure to save this handout so you can replicate the patterns over and over in different paper packs. When you switch the sentiments out or flip the papers over they transform from Valentines to any theme you desire.
I love KAWS scrapbook layout
Valentines isn’t something we celebrate in my family but I think the papers are just beautiful. Today’s project is a 2 page layout about the KAWS exhibition we viewed in Melbourne last year. KAWS is a street artist who expanded to all sorts of amazing art. We loved it!
The design was inspired by a layout I completed at January’s CTMH Album Retreat.
The Oh My Heart papers fit the photos because several have pops of pink in them. The heart theme suits KAWS grey sculptures which depict a range of emotions. I love it when the papers enhance the overall them of my photos.
Fitting many photos on a layout is easier if you print them smaller. Most of these photos are 2” x 3”. Mounting all the photos helps them to stand out against the white background.
The Celebrate Today Scrapbooking stamp set provided the grid, date banner and title flags for this layout,
An extra bit of texture and colour contrast is achieved by stamping a black border using the Build a Plaid stamp set.
Order your supplies this month
The Oh My Heart collection is only available to purchase for a few more days. Order yours on my website before February 29. A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post.
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Help Close To My Heart Raise Funds for Australian Bushfire Relief
Welcome to the Keep Your Head Up blog hop. Today I have teamed up with 2 sister consultants to share creative inspiration using Close To My Heart’s fundraising stamp set. This is a circular hop. You may have arrived from Dannii’s blog, a link from my Facebook page or stumbled upon us by accident. Regardless of how you got here, you are welcome! Simply read through my post, click the link to the next consultant and continue through until you find yourself back here. Then it’s time to head to the crafting table for some stamping fun times.
This stamp set is titled Keep Your Head Up (W1202). It was designed especially to support the Red Cross (Aust) fundraising appeal to help those impacted by recent bush fires. All proceeds from the sale of these stamps will be donated to the Australian Red Cross.
Isn’t it beautiful? The sentiments share the message we all send to those impacted by the fires. I LOVE the heart and have been experimenting with designs for my albums and cards.
Create a Birthday Celebration Layout
Today’s project is a 2 page layout that will showcase photos taken at my niece’s 21st next weekend. She is the youngest of my nieces and the first one who’s celebration we have been able to attend – hence the title.
One of the best things about being a crafter is constantly learning and trying new techniques. This is the first time I’ve ever sewn on my pages. It was way easier than I thought and lots of fun! If you are a sewer, have a go. It’s a great way to add texture to your page without adding bulk. Be sure to pull the threads through to the back and hold in place with a piece of washi tape.
Mix Ins Paper packets offer a range of background papers. The Juniper Shimmer Brush ‘scribbles’ add an accent to the stitch line.
Hearts were stamped repeatedly to create the border panels. Set them aside to dry completely before watercolouring. This is a very detailed stamp so colouring with the paints would be quite tricky. Adding a wash over the whole design is fast and easy. Use watercolour paper for best results and wet the image with clean water before adding the colour.
You can go over the hearts with your journalling pen if you want the shape to stand out a bit more. A flower stamped in Sangria ink, fussy cut and popped up on Thin Foam finishes each heart nicely
Pops of black add strong contrast to this pastel layout. The complements are from the Every Little Thing collection. Painting with a shimmer brush gives the flowers a lift. A narrow strip of shimmer trim frames the borders and unifies the design. Do you love the frilly circle die-cut? It’s the spinner part of Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts set.
Order your stamp set today
This is a B-size stamp set that would normally be priced at $20, but Close To My Heart have decided to make it available for just $10. When you purchase the set all proceeds from its sale will be donated to the Red Cross, with the donations designated to the relief efforts for the Australia bushfires.
In order to maximise the donation amount, this set will be non-commissionable, meaning it does not count to Hostess Rewards and SOTM totals. This way all proceeds—including the amount that would normally go toward paying commissions—will be donated.
Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Celebrate Today Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.
If you arrived from Megan’s Blog, Crop Craft Create, you are in the right place. If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on and enjoy my creations. If you like what I show today, please subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on this post or share it on social media. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.
We have so much to Celebrate Today!
This bright collection is a party in a bag, ready to burst forth and make your scrapbook pages dazzle. You have kit options for scrapbooking and card making plus the option to purchase papers, co-ordinating cardstock, Pocket scrapbook cards and Vellum Die-cuts as individual items. Everything works together so you can focus on the fun of reliving life’s magical moments and telling the stories in your albums.
Two ways to use the Celebrate Today scrapbooking workshop kit
Today’s layouts are all made from the Celebrate Today scrapbook workshop kit, pictured above. There are so many really different and interesting die-cuts in this kit that few of us would take the time to make from scratch.
When you purchase a Close To My Heart scrapbook kit, you receive all the supplies needed to make 6 pages following the printed instructions that come in the kit. At times, when you are short on time or creative inspiration, following the cutting diagrams and assembly instructions exactly will be a perfect fit.
For those feeling creative, the other option is to pull out ALL the pieces in the kit, use the sample layouts as inspiration and just play! That’s how today’s sample layouts came to be.
Turn a single layout into a double
When you have lots of photos to scrapbook, one page just isn’t enough. Fortunately there are plenty of decorative elements on the single pages in this kit that can easily expand to cover two pages.
The first double page uses all those lovely die-cut circles and the yo-yo strips. Rather than make the 3D yo-yo elements, place the strips flat on your pages. Quick and easy!
When you get to the second single page transformation you will realise the background paper is the reverse of the first layout and there isn’t an extra sheet in the kit. Fear not, you can work on the back of the first layout for the LH page and add a different background sheet for the RH page.
Using matching zip strips across both pages and sharing the scallop border piece and stars between the two pages ties everything together nicely.
Both these layouts lend themselves to the addition of Pocket Plus protectors to fit even more photos in. The co-ordinating Picture My Life cards will fill any empty slots and provide room for journalling.
Tone down a ‘busy’ layout
The layered balloon die-cuts in this kit are adorable but the page design may be too busy for your style. By cutting one background sheet and spreading it over two base pages you introduce white space to calm the look a little. The clouds were also omitted from this layout and used later.
3 of the streamers and the photo flags were left off the layout above and repurposed later. Once again, this gives a more open look to your design.
Make a layout from the kit left overs
A little trimming of the streamers, a few extra pegs made up from spare photo mats and this very simple layout was completed quickly on mink cardstock. February’s Stamp of the Month, Cherish Her, worked perfectly on the small photo frames and the title.
10 pages from one Celebrate Today Workshop Kit
Everything comes together easily when you start with a co-ordinated kit. There are still enough die-cuts left to make one more layout! What do you think? Is this something you could see yourself doing. Why not order a kit and see how far you can take it.
Order your supplies this month
The Celebrate Today collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant while stocks last. A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post. Place your order on my website or with your Close To My Heart Consultant.
I’d love you to like this post or leave a comment for me before you go. Then click on the underlined link and move on to Dannii’s blog, Scrappy Chicks, to see the project she has designed for you.
Mike and I had the great joy of hosting an engagement party for our daughter and her fiancé recently. Many of their close friends, family members and some of Kathryn’s scrapbook aunties joined us. I had a lot of fun creating this frame for photo opportunities.
It’s not difficult to make a decorative frame but it does take some time. Start early so you can enjoy the process and play around with placement of elements before you commit to gluing them down. The proposal happened at the beach so seashell stamps were an obvious choice and a couple of nice big Cricut cut diamonds were essential. Twine and some leftover packaging added texture.
Find a sturdy frame
This one came from an Op Shop. It had a very dated picture in it and was only a few dollars. It was easy to pop the picture out and use pliers to bend the metal thingies that held it in so no fingers would be harmed during the photographs.
Begin making LOTS of small elements
You will be amazed how many small pieces you will use to achieve a balanced look to your frame. The seashells on this one come from two stamp sets. The smaller shells are from a retired set called Swirly Shells and the largest shells are a stamp and thin cut set called Beach Treasures, available for 30% off as part of this month’s Stamptacular sale. Stamp the shells onto the light side of almond cardstock and heat emboss using Copper Tinsel, Gold Tinsel or Clear powder.
Then pull up some images of real shells on your phone or laptop and use them as a guide to add colour and patterns to the largest shells using watercolour paints. I was fortunate to have an artist visiting who took over this part for me 😊
Create focal elements
The large and medium size diamonds were cut from white glitter paper using Close To My Heart’s Artistry Cricut Cartridge. The largest seashells were a free download from Cricut and were cut in julep glitter paper. Cut two layers for the base of each Cricut shape to strengthen them. In this frame, the gorgeous Holographic paper shows through the pattern of the shell overlays and a solid cardstock forms the bottom layer. See how the play of light changes the colour of the holographic papers?
‘Love’ was cut 4 times from cardstock and layered to make it really robust. It isn’t attached to anything firm so needs to be able to stand up to some handling.
Layer all your elements
This part does take some time. You will find you move pieces around quite a bit until your design is balanced and pleasing to your eye. Work in opposite corners with the lower cluster taking more space than the top one.
You need an anchor to build your design on. I had some brown paper packaging that came wrapped around bottles. I’ve had it in the craft cupboard for 2 years not knowing how I would use it. This was the perfect project for it! Attach your largest elements to this base. I used liquid glass because it gives a strong bond and filled the gaps in the brown paper.
The trickiest part was attaching this base cluster to the frame. My final solution was to cut 1” strips of cardstock. Liquid glass one end to the back of the brown paper, coat the strip with more liquid glass and wrap it around the frame. You are working from the back so it doesn’t have to be neat. Once all the decorative elements are in place you can come back and cover the ‘workings’ with a sheet of cardstock cut to fit.
The final stages are attaching the smaller elements and adding some texture to the clusters. A mixture of glue dots and liquid glass holds everything in place. Shells are overlapped and tucked behind other elements. The twine is caught in a couple of places so it can loop and provide dimensionality. Some chunky bling added contrasting colour.
Choose your theme and start creating
What theme could you use for a photo prop frame? Have a look through your supplies and re-discover hidden treasures in your craft cupboard.
A list of supplies used in this project appears below. Order yours on my website. All Stamp Sets and Stamp/Thin Cut bundles are discounted by up to 50% during February 2020. Look for the Stampaganza link.
Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop. This is a circular hop. If you arrived from Lauren’s Blog, you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it. Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from. Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Cherishing Her (S2002E) stamp set which is February’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.
There are two versions of this stamp set. If MUM is your preferred spelling, you want S2002E (E for English spelling).
Celebrate a special woman in your life
This stamp set is filled with heartfelt sentiments to share your feelings for a special woman you know. You may be a friend or a relative, this stamp caters for many relationships. It’s only available this month and I know it will be a firm favourite in your collection for card making and scrapbooking.
Use Cherish Her on a scrapbook layout
I’ve been learning about asymmetric designs and layering the past couple of weeks. I decided to have a go at both on one layout. What do you think? It was easier than I thought to create a balanced page even though I started with the large triangle at the top. I only had 3 photos of this holiday sewing project so it’s a single page.
Use Cherish Her to enhance printed paper
This photo shows the heart print from a Mix In paper pack as it comes (top) and enhanced by adding stamping (bottom). Begin stamping your largest element randomly on the pre-cut piece of paper. I just stamped ‘aunt’ where ever it would fit comfortably between the patterns. Then fill in the gaps with the smaller stamps. In this case I added 2 small hearts to my block.
Use Cherish Her to add background stamping
The lower half of the page was too stark for my liking so I stamped that beautiful bouquet a few times in Mink Ink to fill some gaps. You can plan where these images would go by placing your photos on the page and adding a few pencil marks. Then remove the photos and add the stamped bouquets where there would be gaps.
Create interesting embellishment clusters with layering
Begin the top right cluster by stamping the bouquet onto the light side of Ballerina Cardstock and colouring with TriBlend Markers. The pink cardstock tones down the colour of the markers so this element doesn’t dominate on the page. Fussy cut the bouquet and tuck the stems behind one photo.
Next add a pleasing circular shape to soften the overall design. The scalloped Circle Thin Cut is ideal for this job.
The cute koalas are from a retired stamp set. They went perfectly with the Australian animal print used on the quilt. They were also coloured with TriBlend markers, fussy cut and then popped up on foam dots.
A little bling just rounds out a design don’t you think? I was delighted to find these Sangria coloured hearts in my stash. It is amazing how many times a retired Close To My Heart product matches perfectly with a new product. Something old, something new!
Order your Stamp of the Month
Cherish Her (S2002) is only available during February, 2020. Remember, there are two versions of this stamp set. If MUM is your preferred spelling, you want S2002E (E for English spelling).
Full retail price is $34 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $9 when accompanied by an $88 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.
Did you like this project? I’d love you to give this post a thumbs up, leave a comment or share the post with a crafty friend before you click on the underlined link and move on to Maz Wood’s Blog , ArtyMaz, to see the lovely project she has designed for you.
A list of the currently available products used on this project follows. All items are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, this link will take you to my website.
This post comes with a warning: Holographic papers are completely addictive! Once you start using them in your paper craft projects you will begin thinking of an endless array of applications.
What is Holographic Paper?
Holographic paper has been coated with a metallic-like finish that reflects light, creating a range of colours depending on the angle it is held to the light. Once added to a card or scrapbook page, the colours will vary as the project is handled and as it is viewed in different light conditions.
How do you use Holographic Paper?
This paper is perfect for any cards or layouts that need a little pizzazz.
Use large pieces to back a card design or scrapbook border
Mount special photos
Add narrow strips in place of shimmer trim, ribbon or twine
Cut it with Thin Cuts
Emboss it with textured folders
Stamp on it
Heat emboss on it
Add Stickles to it
Colour with alcohol markers
Stamping on Holographic Paper
Today I’m sharing some tips to stamp on Holographic paper. The mermaid’s tails were made this way. Aren’t they adorable? They will find a home on a layout I’m creating featuring photos of mermaids on stand up paddle boards – of course mermaids can’t stand so they were passengers on the boards.
The shiny surface of this paper will not accept dye-based inks. They will just sit on the surface and smudge or wipe off. The best ink for the job with Holographic papers is StazOn. This ink is specially formulated to work on any shiny surface.
Close To My Heart offer StazOn in Brown and Black. Simply ink your stamp as you would normally and stamp on the paper gently. Don’t add too much pressure to the block as it may slip and cause a blurred image. I suggest stamping first, setting it aside to dry completely while you make the rest of the project.
It’s important to note that you require StazOn cleaning fluid to remove excess ink from your stamps. Simply follow the instructions on the bottle. Use an old cleaning cloth to wipe off the excess cleaner as it can leach colour from your stamp shammy.
Choose from two colours
Close To My Heart currently offers Dreamy and Oasis Holographic papers. You will find 3 sheets of 12” x 12” paper in each pack, offering you many opportunities to create some irridescent magic on your cards and layouts. Check all the details on my website.
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