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So it is summer here in Australia, which often means rain in January, at the moment we have heavy downpours & it has been like that all week. Although the last couple of days it has been broken up with humid sunshine. Plus we are still in a hotspot for Covid in my region – so my holiday leave is at home. What is a girl to do ? Well craft of course.
I stuck to the orientation of the sketch & used a tiny scallop stamp for the scallops & replace the Flowers with these Penguins to create this cute Birthday Card.
I used Close To My Heart Party Time Paper for the main rectangle & the current Jan – Feb Mix-ins paper for the banner. I added stamped faux stitching to the banner to ground it a bit more as it is sits away from the edge. The Penguins are from the current Jan – Feb CTMH catalogue & are called Winter Penguins – I think they are so cute.
I hope you liked my idea & it has inspired you to try it out or even the sketch out for yourself.
If you are interested in any of the products I used & live in Australia you can order these on my website.
A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Serenity Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.
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The Serenity paper collection is just a pretty colour combination of Blue Belle, Sapphire, French Vanilla, Toffee, Espresso. I have seen soooo many beautiful ideas created using this gorgeous paper collection
Ok just to change things up a bit I created a 8½” x 11″ Scrapbook Layout – Yes I do scrapbook sometimes & make layouts , I just lean towards cards as I can spend waayy too long on a single layout – I mean this one was started last month when I thought I should do a layout for the Stamp of the Month Blog Hope. I had the background ready & already stamped & coloured the flowers but I still had not worked out what else I was going to do by the time it was ready to get my blog post ready. And yes I can spend days on a card too. I just tend to be quicker & when I scrapbook I love layers & small details you don’t notice at first.
So I present With Love – I do have photos in mind – I need to print them – another reason why I tend to make cards!
Ok so this is pretty long so if you want to continue on the hop now do so by heading over to the next stop, Danielle Edwards – Scrappychicks or read on to find out more how I created this.
So while the Wood Grain is the main paper, I have used lots of scraps & just about both sides of each paper that comes in the the Serenity Paper collection.
For the Woodgrain I started by scraping on some white Gesso (I know CTMH doesn’t sell this but I was going to use water & I needed the colours to blend & to protect the paper) once that was dry I added some Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink sponged over the Gesso area. I then used some Green watercolour paint & splattered that over the Distress Oxide Ink. I added more splatters with the Clear Shimmer pen & finished off with some water splatters & let that all dry a hot mess – most of it would be covered but I knew enough would peek out from where I was going to add things. In some of the close up photos below you will see these splatters.
I stamped, coloured & fussy cut the roses from the Happiness Never Grows Old Dec Stamp of the month. I then fussy cut out a bunch of white flowers with Sapphire Blue Leaves from the floral pattern in the Serenity Paper collection & proceeded to stick them together. I fussy cut out the white wreaths on toffee pattern in the Serenity Paper collection & added them to the layout.
I stamped a saying with the Serenity Cardmaking kit to one of the wreaths with Toffee ink & added some silver thread & a wooden heart.
I then added some torn strips for my photos mats from various zip strips & patterns from the Serenity Paper collection.
I finished off the the flowers by adding Blue Belle Glitter Gems, Blue Belle Loose Sequins, some wooden hearts, White Flower Sequins & some bitty sparkles using liquid glass when needed – Ok I went a bit overboard with the embellishments, but I just love how it turned out.
What I Learned
Colour your flowers ti match the watercolour you done after it dries – it dried up lighter than when it went on. And well the blue in the Serenity Paper collection. do give them a purple hue but I am fine with it.
When adding adhesive to things, don’t go to the edge at first, this allows you to tuck things after without trying to tear up the page. You can glue up edges once you are happy.
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Oh boy flowers – I am in trouble – love a pretty flower to make things with.
My first creation I wan t to share is this pretty pink & black Cascade card.
I used the Mixed in Papers to decorate it & used one of the sentiments to feature on the front. I stamped, coloured & fussy cut the flowers to decorate the card. This card fold flat to 4¼” x 5½” and is simple enough to put together but has a nice wow factor.
My next card features the Thanks Thin Cut Die.
I started off with stamping my roses first onto a stitched rectangle thin cut die & colouring them in with markers. I then masked them – the hardest part were the tiny leaves.
I sponged & stenciled a background in Distress Oxide ink. Once I was happy I positioned the Thanks Thin Cut onto the the card & cut it out. I cut some extra from scrap card so the it was raised ever so slightly more than the background & added a matching colour cardstock to my coloured roses of the thinner letters on top. The piece was matted & added to a pre-scored card.
I seriously could create soo much more with this stamp set, in fact I have about 3 unfinished pieces sitting on my craft desk, but I will leave it with these two ideas.
Remember you can get this exclusive D-size Happiness Never Grows Old – Dec Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in Dec) can be yours for just $9 AUD/ $10 NZD, when you place an order of $80 AUD/$88 NZD or more! OR FREE for VIP Customers with qualifying order of $80 AUD/$88 NZD
Contact your CTMH consultant to place an order. If you do not have a consultant, I would love for you to place an order with me.
I had lots of fun creating and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Danielle Edwards – Scrappychicks enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature
The next idea also has some embossing, but mixed with just plain inked images and the colours were all tied together to work with the gorgeous Serenity Paper Packet.
I started off stamping in Sapphire ink, then I choose another leaf set & did second generation of Sapphire ink. The next leaf I stamped in Toffee & then finally the last lot of leaves were gold embossed. I cut out some of the Sapphire Blue Splattered paper from the Serenity Paper Packet and matted with some Gold Foil Paper, the Merry was also cut from the Gold Foil Paper and added to the Pine, Spring Design from the Serenity Paper Packet. I just love how the stamped design tied together with the printed paper.
I started with drawing a line in pencil where I wanted the base of the animals to be, I worked out the height by seeing how tall the leaves in the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set would be. I then stamped the Penguin & masked, stamped the Deer & masked again to stamp the Polar Bear. I coloured in the animals with markers. I then cut some wood grain paper & started to stamp some leaves in various green inks & added some red dots as berries & stuck the paper down. I cut another strip of wood grain paper as I knew I needed a ledge & I wanted to create a wooden sign for the Penguin to hold. This was a fun way change up using the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set.
Back to a non-Christmas idea, this time playing with layered embossing & the Thanks Thin Cut.
I stamped the first layer of leaves in VersaMark™ Ink Pad on white cardstock & heat set and I then coloured with Peel Paint Distressed Distress Oxide™, I then stamped the next layer of leaves again with Versa Mark & once heat set I coloured over with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, I done another layer of leaves and added Peacock Feathers Distressed Oxide Ink. I added my final layer of leaves, but this time gold embossed the leaves. I then sprayed over the entire card front with Lime Gloss Spray which doesn’t rub off from the embossing once dry, so it tied in all the green layers. I then cut out the thanks thinner letters from this background. The Background thanks was cut in white card stock & sits over the cutout. I glued the letters back in place. I love the texture & the embossing resists of different greens this card shows.
I started off with a circle mask & then started stamping my leaves around the circle in various green inks. Once that was done I stamped my sentiment from the December’s Stamp of the Month – Happiness Never Grows Old in charcoal ink. I stamped, coloured & fussy cut out the roses & added them to my wreath of leaves. I backed the decorated card front with some Jingle Joy Paper Packet to finish it off.
I thought I share this card as a VIP Customer you can get a free Stamp of the Month FREE with qualifying purchase of $80 & the Merry Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts set would make the perfect item to spend your $40 in VIP Credit you get when you sign up before 31 December.
Don’t forget you can get all your Craft supplies to make these at discount when you sign up to be a VIP Customer.
You earn credit that you can spend or save each time you purchase your supplies. Not only that all VIPs are invited to an exclusive workshop on February 25th 2021 to make these cards & scrapbook layouts.
We can’t wait to craft with our incredible VIP’s! There will be a virtual event in a private Facebook group for VIP’s and a workshop bundle available to order on January 1st to help you craft these amazing workshops. Find Out More..
Regular sized slimline cards have been super popular in the card-making world, so why not a mini version?
I thought I have a go at playing on a slightly smaller surface & create mini slimline card with a finished size of 6″ x 3.5″ . What I love about this is I can have the fold on the smaller 3.5″ or on the longer 6″ side which makes it super fun.
These Gnome For Christmas stamps are just so cute on this card.
So for this next card I took the window as a 3 fold card. This turned out to be so fun to create.
When you first open you see the details of the barn, with window shutters & woodgrain & the cute From the Funny Farm animals
And then you open up again to get this cute little scene with the sheep
Really this shows, just because these mini slimline card are a smaller size of 6″ x 3.5″, you can still create a huge variety of designs & creative opportunity.
Don’t forget you can get all your Craft supplies to make these at discount when you sign up to be a VIP Customer, You earn credit that you can spend or save each time you purchase your supplies. Find Out More…
Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Inky Fingers” with Close To My Heart products.
If you have arrived here from Michelle Johns then you are in the right place.
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I love to get inky & creative with my ink pads & really there are just so many different techniques using just inkpads.
The first idea comes from the Close To My Heart, Make It from Your Heart blog where they applied Distress Oxide™ ink with a blending tool, splatter with water, and dab with a dry paper towel. Follow up with a splatter of watercolour. I also added some shimmer brush to mine.
I wanted the background to peek out under my woodgrain paper that I cut with the heart Fancy Borders Thin Cuts die. SO once I knew how wide that was I added picked raspberry distress oxide ink, then splattered with water, then green watercolour pain & clear shimmer brush. I stamped the flower from the Operation Smile stamp set: Every Bit of Wonderful. While this particular colour is out of stock at the moment I think it look great in the Candied Apple that is in stock with the green & then match in a red flower – it make for a great Christmas card idea.
This next one I blended a number of oxide inks over white embossed flowers from the stamp set in the Serenity Cardmaking Workshop Kit.
Once the ink was buffed off, cut out the centre with the smallest stitched recangle die & the outside with the largest. I lighten or oxidized the ink of the background with the clear shimmer brush Matted the centre with cardstock & foam tape for height.
This final card uses stamping with water – Yes you read that right water.
I covered the Distress Oxide watercolour paper with seedless preserves distress oxide inks & then wet the Floral Details & Background stamp, not too wet that the water is dripping but wet enough that you would need to wait for it to dry if you going to ink up. I stamped onto the inked background & let the stamp sit for a bit, this allows the water to sink in as per the pattern of the stamp image & then very quickly I stamped again onto scrap white daisy.
The wet stamp lifts off some of the ink that if you are fast enough you get an impression from it. Once these were dry I cut a piece I liked using the medium sized stitched rectangle & put them together on the card front. What I like is I have the other halves left over so I can actually make another card with this background. Again at the moment the seedless preserves distress oxide ink is out of stock, but you can try this technique out on the candied apple distressed oxide ink which is available from your consultant or wait till more stock arrives which does happen often.
I had fun creating all these cards & getting inky & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Melissa Robinson to get more Inky Fingers ideas.
If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & are an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website