YAY! Reunited with our gorgeous daughter and her boyfriend after 3 months apart. They have been having the time of their lives volunteering with a group called Soft Power Education in Uganda. We’ve followed their blog and chatted on Skype but it’s just not the same as having a hug! I plan to make the most of my time with them over the next 2 weeks we have together.
Here’s those little journal box and travel log stamps again from the Wanderful WOTG kit. I added the cute heart cluster from the Family is Forever SOTM. The Candy Cane Cardstock was dry embossed using the Arrow Embossing folder (Z1993)
I had a lot of fun playing with our NEW Heat Embossing powders. I used the Silver Embossing Powder for my title block, the ‘Happy’ on the banner and for the little birds. These adorable birds can be found in the Happy Birds stamp set (C1600)
I wanted to practise blending with the Shin Han Markers and the birds were a nice small project to do it on. I found a useful video created by a North American CTMH Consultant, Brae Montgomery, on YouTube which helped me a lot. Click here to watch it.
I have always joked that my teaching degree was a Diploma in cutting and colouring. I studied in the pre-computer age and majored in early childhood education so I made a LOT of charts in my day. I LOVED it and always found colouring so restful. It’s good to know some things don’t change. With the introduction of the Shin Han Touch Twin Markers this month I can get my colouring fix once again.
The markers come in 24 colours, feature a fine tip and a chisel tip on each pen and are blendable. You have the choice to colour in the colour as it comes or mix up an endless palate of shades using the Colourless Blender marker. A colouring in class with your friends is great fun, contact me to make a date. It’s a good one to have kids join in on so perfect for a mums and kids class in the school holidays. I have dates available in the 2nd week of WA holidays. Oh and did I mention you can use your Hostess Credits to order the markers FREE?
This card was perfect for me to practise blending colours. The What a Hoot Stamp of the Month is gorgeous and I love this little card that I will be sending to a friend later this month.
Whilst visiting California Adventure we came across Goofy conducting an imaginary orchestra. He was very funny and then I realised the fountains behind him were synchronised with the music. Very cool. I just had to dedicate a page to his antics.
This layout is based on one called, appropriately, “Performance”. You will find it on p48 of the CTMH Magic How To book. (9040) The papers are this month’s featured collection – Paper Fundamentals and these colours come from the Adventure Assortment pack (Z2032)
I cut the border on my Cricut and used white enamel stars (Z2010). They got a bit lost on the page so I coloured them in with my Shin Han Markers – much happier with that now!
I am more than a little bit in love with the Chevron Border Punch (Z1998) and just had to add it to this page too. I cut strips 1/4″ wide to thread through the border and give it a different look. The white stars got a make over again – in red this time.
I thought the page was finished at this point but there was a dead spot in the lower left corner. A quick flick through the Cricut Artbooking booklet and I found the perfect embellishment. Isn’t this Ferris wheel so cute? Did you know you can get a Cricut cartridge for half price as a hostess? All you need are a couple of friends who want to make a card or page, $300 in orders and you qualify! Click here or more information on the awesome rewards you can earn as a hostess.
Our USA convention for Close To My Heart was held in Disneyland, California. A good friend and sister consultant, Mandy Ellery, travelled with me for the event. We added some time either side for fun. This page shows how brave we were going on the Tea Cups ride in Fantasyland. Neither of us like scary rides so we decided to be big kids and do all the tame rides.
The newly released Paper Fundamentals are proving the perfect accompaniment for these photos. Their bright, shiny side adds some zing to the layout and the patterned side adds highlights. This layout features Juniper and Thistle, a new colour, from the Whimsy Assortment pack (Z2033) Click here to see all the papers in the Fundamentals range.
You will find full instructions and cutting diagrams for this layout on page 20-21 of the Cherish How To Book (9038). My title was stamped using the Framework Alphabet stamps(E1027) which I coloured with the NEW Shin Han Alcohol Markers. The Peony Purple (Z2462) was a perfect colour match for Thistle and then I layered two colours to create the Juniper colour in the title – Pastel Green (z2459) and Turquoise Blue (Z2465)