CTMH Australasian September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our September “Random Act of Cardness” Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Lauren’s CTMH Crafting Blog then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

September is an exciting month as it National Stamping Month and it’s also the release of our NEW Core and Seasonal catalogues. Yay.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s July Stamp of the Month.

Using my favourite colours of inks (on this particular day it was Pixie, Raspberry, Nectarine, Clover, Bluebird,and the NEW Wisteria) I stamped the white background piece on the diagonal. Then matted it on the NEW Black cardstock that doesn’t show finger prints. I added a dovetailed piece under the sentiment which was stamped in Bluebird. I outlined with the NEW Journaling Pen to frame the sentiment and anchor it more to the card. Of course a few bits of 3D foam tape for dimension and some NEW Julep sequins to finish it off.

This exclusive “Random Act of Cardness” Stamp of The Month is only available during September. It can be yours for just $8.25 with a qualifying order of $82.50 or for $29.50 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

Before leaving you I’d like to share some other creations using another special of the month – “Share the Seasons”. This set has an exclusive double stamp set (only available in September) and a matching thin cut die to make some beautiful multi window fronts for cards or pages. The thin cut is available in the NEW Core Catalogue.

The above card, tags and wreath were inspire by one of the ladies in my Scrappy Chicks Team – Jasminka Tomkinson. I have to admit that I copied her designs and created my own versions in the colours that suited me. The little icons have been coloured in with our NEW Tri-Blend Markers.

You can get the complete Share the Seasons bundle of stamps and die cuts for $66. Or the parts are available separately. You can order from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Shauna’s Passionate About Pages Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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CTMH Australasian “Craft On” Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our “Craft On” Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 


If you have arrived here from Doreen’s Blog then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Featured collection “Craft On”.

This layout was Pintrest Inspired. It is so much fun to grab and idea and then create it with our beautiful CTMH products. There is so much in our range that we really can create virtual any idea.

I was using up the scraps of papers – the bulk of the papers here are 1″ x 3″ pieces stuck onto a backing sheet (in this case black). In the left page – the top right emerald green section is actually made up of sticker strips (see the details photo below for a closer look). Yes the papers you use can be from a variety of paper ranges, to suit your photos, and you can add in plain cardstock as well (see the raspberry pieces). The other beauty of this is that it will suit any photo size. You just cut the mats to match your photos.

Then all you need to add is embellishments.

I’ve used a mix of images from the cut aprt page in the paper pack, stickers and chipboards from the compliments pack and also some of the rubber shapes. These have all been layer together in clusters. In places I’ve raised things such as the centre of flowers with 3D foam dots to give more dimension. The camera chipboard I covered in Liquid Glass to give it an extra shiny look. I used the rubber crowns to highlight the birthday girl in all her face pulling glory…. haha…

Pro Tip – stick the rubber shapes down with either glue dots or liquid glass.

Once this is in the page protectors I plan to add some flip flaps to add extra photos. I shall be “hiding the face pulling” with the more “sensible” party photo, and on the right page I’ve got more photos and journalling to add into the flip flap I’ll add over the 6×4 photo.

This exclusive Craft On Paper Collection is only available until the end of August.

In this collection you will find a paper suite, matching compliments, some very cute rubber shapes, themed stamps and die cuts, pocket scrapbooking cards even colourful sequins.

This Workshop Your Way collection can be yours for just $58.50. This and individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant.

If you love this paper pack you may also enjoy the mini album kit that is available for August. You can also download the instructions for this to create with other papers if you wish. It’s FREE to down load from a CTMH consultant website during August.

And don’t forget with a purchase of $82.50 you can grab the awesome August Stamp Of The Month for $8.25.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here. You can also follow this link to get the free mini album instructions.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Shauna’s Blog – Passionate About Pages.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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CTMH Australasian August Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our August Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Shauna’s Blog then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s August Stamp of the Month – “From Me To You”.

I have to be honest and say when it came to making this card I picked up the scraps – yes that’s all I had left of the Craft On Papers (the Close To My Heart Featured Paper pack for August) after making lots of scrapbook layouts – you can see some of these in a blog post later in the month.

So I headed to my trusted “Make It From Your Heart” How To Guide – Volume 4. And I decided that I wanted to play with a water colour technique that I’d seen in the official Close To My Heart Blog the other week.

This technique involved painting the water colour paint onto my CTMH All Purpose Mat – this mat is a not stick (and also heat resistant). The non-stick surface causes the paint to bead. I then placed the front of my card base directly onto this beading watercolour paint.

Watercolour paints dry quickly. So with my Journaling Pen I drew a line boarder around the edges. I created a variety of flag sizes and stuck them down. The green spotty strip was a sticker from the Craft On Compliments, as was the peg. The two flower embellishments came from the Craft On Rubber Shapes. The later I stuck down with Glue Dots (liquid glass would also work well).

When I stamped the writing – I deliberately double stamped it to get a shadow look. I stamped using Intense Black Exclusive Ink. This is my favourite black ink as it’s a rich black and cleans off the stamps well. It’s also good if you want to add extra water colour paint or colour over it with alcohol markers.

This exclusive “From Me To You” Stamp of The Month is only available during August. It can be yours for just $8.25 with a qualifying order of $82.50 or for $29.50 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop which is Doreen’s Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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CTMH Australasian July Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our July Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Shauna’s Blog then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s July Stamp of the Month.

This cute card is very easy to create. My friend Alison showed me a stamping technique using an eraser from the end of a pencil and dipping it into your ink pad and then first, second, third and even fourth generation stamping it. At times I added clear shimmer brush ink into the ink mix as well.

For the centre of this card I cut it out using one of our Heart Thin Cuts out of the inside cut out from the large Rectangle Stitched Thin Cut. The I used my pencil eraser and some Candy Apple Ink to create the imperect dots around the heart.

The cute Mumma bear and her cub are stamped onto a second piece of cardstock and placed behind the heart. This piece has then been raised off the card base with 3D foam. The sequins came from the Craft On Sequin pack.

Another way to do this technique is to use a heart cut out as a mask and the “stamp” the dots around the heart. In the card bellow I again got excited with the sequins from the Craft On pack, using a variety of the different blues.

This exclusive Stamp of The Month is only available during July. It can be yours for just $8.25 with a qualifying order of $82.50 or for $29.50 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Kara’s Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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True Love Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our True Love Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from
Doris’ Blog then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s True Love Featured collection.

This layout was inspired by the “Make It From Your Heart” how-to-book. Vol 3. Pattern 13.

This layout was created with the left overs I had after making up the Workshop Your Way Kits. I love to make up the layouts in both the standard and deluxe kit. Plus I make the card kit as well. And then I have fun playing with the left overs to see what extra I can create.

And I almost always turn to one of the how-to books for inspiration. With this pattern I turned the left hand layout 90 degrees to the left so that I could have my stripes all going the same way – I had two pieces of striped paper left but going in different directions. And the pattern called for 5×12″ pieces of paper where I’ve put the stripes, but I only have 4×12″. Don’t ever feel that you need to follow a pattern exactly. They are guide, an inspiration source.

So this is a mix of papers, compliments and the cut apart sheet. I’ve stuck stickers together to make new flower clusters. Cut others apart to make two halves to spread under the title. Plus added gold glitter gems. After all, you always need glitter right? Right!

This exclusive True Love Product Collection  is only available until the end of August.

This Workshop Your Way collection can be yours for just $53.  Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here on my website.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen’s Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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CTMH Australasian June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our June Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Kara’s blog then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s June Stamp of the Month “It’s Your Time To Sparkle.

I’ve combine the June Stamp of the Month with the True Love paper collection. These match together perfectly. Both having that “love” theme running through them.

This exclusive June Stamp of the Month  is only available during June.

It can be yours for just $8.25 with a qualifying order of $82.50 or for $29.50 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here on my website.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren’s blog.

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Why I choose to Scrapbook?

Firstly, when I say Scrapbook I real mean be a memory documenter. Now you might say that you are documenting memories – Facebook, Insta, all those fun forms of social media.

But how do you share your memories with those that aren’t on those platforms? For example my children are too little for social media, but they still love to see their photos.

How do you preserve our memories for the generations to come? When the “normal” platforms of social media of now are outdated and replaced by other things.

So there are lots of ways you can document memories. The quickest and most simplest way is to do photo books. There are so many apps and programs out there online that you can use to do this.

I choose to scrapbook mine because I choose to add memorabilia, my handwriting etc. But also because the physical act of the “cut and stick” aspect of scrapbooking is totally cheaper than therapy to me. It is my time out and stress release.

Scrapbooking for me is a very social activity. Don’t get me wrong – I do scrapbook a lot at home by myself. But a lot of the time I do it with others. These people often start out as my customers with my CTMH business. But over time, as we’ve talk, looked at each others photos we’ve become friends. Others that were already my friends have got into scrapbooking because they see how much I enjoy.

During these “crafty” sessions we are always talking. Here is where it truely becomes cheaper than therapy. The women, and occasionally men, that I craft with are a huge sounding board for me. They come from lots of different walks of life, cultural backgrounds and generally all different life experiences. Someone will always have advice or just a sympathetic ear.

Only the other weekend my best friend decided to scrapbook about a crappy experience she’d had. She made an “arty layout”, so no photos, that expressed how she felt about the event. And then on the back, where no-one will see it, she wrote the entire story out. This layout may or may not stay in her album. But it certainly made her feel better.

I personally see my Scrapbooks as a Celebration of life’s achievements. The good and the bad. I’ve scrapbooked my miscarriages, the death of family and friends, weddings, births, and general day to day activities.

Later on when my great great grandchild looks at my albums they will be able to see all the details about my life, read all the important stories, and see all the “old fashioned” things we had “back then”.

Yes there is always the chance that my family later on, after I pass away, may decide not to keep my albums. But that is there choice. After all, I’ll be gone and won’t know.

The biggest thing is that I feel it is my responsibility to give them that choice. Because if I don’t document the memories now they will be lost forever once my memory is gone.

How ever you decide to document your memories, please I beg you, please get your photographs off your digital devices and into some sort of album, book, even a photo frame. Whilst we think digital devices are the be all and end all, they can fail, be lost, the file formats change and even deteriorate. Things just happen.

Plus once out in physical hard copy they are there to enjoy more often for everyone.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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CTMH Australasian Sweet Girl Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Sweet Girl Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Creating with Kara Davies then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Sweet Girl Featured collection.

This card has a concertina centre that allows you to add extra stamped images or setinments. And it’s a bit of a surprise when it’s opened.

This card is very simple to make. Using one of our CTMH card bases you will need a strip of patterned paper 4 1/4″ x 12″. If you have a direction pattern you need to decide which way your card orientated (landscape or portrait) to determine which way it should go.

The score along the long side at 3″, 4″, 5″, 6″, 7″, 8″, 9″. And then fold into a concertina. Alternating Valley and Mountain Folds. See my diagram below.

The squares are 1 3/4″ of cardstock with a 1 1/2″ square of White Daisy cardstock for the stamping. My stamping was done with the S1905 Best Friends May Stamp of the Month in Charcoal Ink. And the carefully coloured using watercolour pencils, with some gentle blending with the water brush.

This exclusive Sweet Girl Paper Collection is available until the end of August. Below are some art works made by our amazing CTMH Art Department.

The Sweet Girl Workshop Your Way collection can be yours for just $56.  There is also a Deluxe Workshop Kit for $81.50. Individual components, or even a card workshop, can be ordered from your CTMH consultant. These are pictured below.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here on my website.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen Watkin’s Blog. Happy Blog Hopping.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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My Favourite Products from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogue

May has started with a bang and boy has it been crazy, I’ve had no time to blog. I’m sorry. At the end of the email I’m sharing a video of some albums I’ve completed.

I’m back here now and thought I’d share with you some of my new favourite products that have come out in the New CTMH catalogue. Click here to see the full catalogue.

Funnily enough the thing that has me the most excited is the new tip for our Liquid Glass. For those familiar with this product, you’ll know that it is an awesome embellishment product (this used on top of things to create an epoxy resign type look, gives a beautiful almost glass like look on things). But it is also a very strong glue. The down side to the packaging of the product is the applicator tip – it can clog up if you’re not careful and needed to be unclogged with a pin. Thus bang CTMH have introduced an applicator tip that can replace the original tip. It has a thin metal nozzle, that then in the lid has a “pin” that goes down the nozzle to keep it from clogging up. I love it… it has changed my Liquid Glass using life (and I use it a lot in my projects for adhering all sorts of things – sequins, chipboard embellishments etc.)

Whilst talking glue it is with regret that I have to let you know that our Bonding Memories Fine Tip Glue is no longer available (note the broad tip Bonding Memories Glue is still available) – supplier no longer making them. So CTMH have been looking at products on the market that would be a similar dual purpose adhesive. They have added to our range the Tombow “Multi” Liquid Glue. This adhesive creates both permanent (wet) and removable (dry) bonds, just like the Bonding Memories. Goes on white and dries clear, it is photo-safe and acid-free.

They’ve also added the Tombow “Aqua” Liquid Glue. This glue creates strong permanent bond. Glue goes on clear and dries clear. Washable, photo-safe, and acid-free. Hehe… I might start sticking sequins to my daughters t-shirts with it – love washable. Both of these glues have a fine and broad tip.

Yes I am a little obsessed with adhesives. My husband can’t understand why a Crafter needs to many. But he knows not to question too much… hehehe…

Now you might be thinking at this point what about the new papers. Well yes they are beautiful – but for me it is all about the tools and what I can do with. Because there will always be lots of beautiful papers. But you can check them out here if you need to look ASAP.

So when it comes to tools I love a good die cut set. And CTMH have not failed to deliver. You can see all the new ones here, but some of my favourites are:

I have to admit that I am starting to absolutely love sequins. And with this catalogue CTMH have released a fabulous mutli coloured pack. Combine these with glue dots (yes another adhesive) they are very quick and easy to attach to any project you desire. Plus the colours add a great new addition to my shaker cards (and shaker pages).

Last, but not least, I’m loving a new page protector size and a new multi pack of page protectors. I’ve been combining these and a heap of flip flaps in my most recent albums. You can check out a video of these albums on my FB page (sorry – it’s a long one as I was very excited to share my trip from to the CTMH Utah Convention in 2017). The creative strategy behind these products is one of Stacy Julian’s brainwaves and lines up with her new “how-to” book that is now in our range.

Hope you like my new favourites (to add with my old favourites) and learned a few tips about using them. I will be back later this week with a new Blog Hop post. Yes I’ve joined a Blog Hop Group. It’s another step out of my comfort zone and so I joined an accountability group (fellow Aussie and NZ consultants who each month blog about projects they’ve created) to keep me blogging.

I’d love to hear what you think of the new products and even what sorts of things that you do to keep you accountable with what ever goals you have in life.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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Craft Room Make Over

Apologies for being MIA for a few weeks. But what a crazy busy Easter break we had as a family. And then I added to that a Craft Room Make Over… crazy crazy times.

I started by gutting my craft room and pulling everything out. To get a quick sneak peak at what my room looked like before go here to my FB page.

Then I re-arranged the furniture and turned my 4 seater table into a 6 seater – by adding an extra table to the length. A few modifications to my desk area and other bits and pieces.

I had a few gaps in places along the walls and needed a smaller desk (because I decided that the old one was really a dumping ground and that if I had a smaller desk I’d dump less – we’ll see how that goes).

The biggest decision I made was to not put anything back in before I at least looked through it and sorted it to some degree. I half filled the rubbish bin (in my shire in Australia these are a 80L wheelie bin) with non recyclable items. These items were also not suitable to donation or sale to others. I also 2/3 filled the 120L recycle bin. Mainly with old paperwork and things that I’d been saving for goodness knows what purpose. I have a new stash of stuff to sell at my next garage sale event. My children of course got a stash of stuff to add to their own craft room. Their craft room is the old cubby house that one weekend we turned it into their craft room. My daughter took great pleasure in painting the walls – Jackson Pollock has a rival I think. You can see the video of her creation here. Below are a few of the before photos.

As I sorted I put things away. Yes, I moved a few things around as I went, but now a week on, I’m really liking it.

I haven’t taken any photographs of it – but I did do a video. You can check it out here.

Until next time when I share with you some of the creations I’ve been making in my revamped craft room.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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