Sunday, 20 May 2018

Beautiful Friendship CTMH Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. We have all been creating with the most lovely paper suite Workshops Your Way® Beautiful Friendship Scrapbooking Kit matching complements, stamp sets and ribbon, which is featured this month. If you have arrived here from Shaunna Richards: Passionate About Pages  then you are in the right place. If you landed here another way, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. Follow the links, check out all the amazing ideas and eventually you'll come right back here to where you started.

Workshops Your Way® Beautiful Friendship Scrapbooking Kit

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Workshops Your Way® Beautiful Friendship Scrapbooking Kit

Product Description

Kit contents:
1 – Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet (X7233B)
1 – Beautiful Friendship Complements (X7233C)
3 – cardstock sheets (White Daisy)
1 – Beautiful Friendship Bows(Z4195)
1 – White Ribbon(Z4196)
printed instructions
photo placeholders
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I love the tea pots and tea cups in this set. I love the thin cuts with the teapot and teacup and teabag. Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts (as shown above). 
I found some tea in our tea chest at home that had cute teapots on it, so as part of our consultant swap I decided to make a set of teabag holders as gifts. I've seen a lot of consultants using these to put chocolates in, I decided afterwards it would be good to pop a chocolate in also (if I'd had chocolates I would have given them too), tea and an after dinner mint maybe :) 

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I cut the cute teapot with the blue dot paper from the set and since the tea bags were orange I used 12" × 12" Tangerine Cardstock to make the strips of paper 3 inchs by 8 inches wide. Then I used 12" × 12" Sapphire Cardstock 3 inches by just over an inch. I bent the tangerine paper around in a tear drop shape with the tea bag sachet in the middle and folded the sapphire cardstock in half and stapled them all together with the Mini Stapler.
Then I cut the sweet NEW Thin Cuts—Stitched Hearts from white daisy cardstock and put them on the teapots and stuck them on the front of the gifts. 

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The other card I made was a technique in a video I made "Cardmaking with Caroline & Vandra".  I used the die cut teapot as a mask to sponge the lemon ink around the teapot and then raspberry ink and then lagoon ink. After I'd removed the teapot I stamped the outline of the teapot in the space directly inside the sponging edges Then I added black paper surrounds and a thin cut shaped cup. As it was a technique showing card, I didn't put a sentiment on it. 

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Remember this great set Workshops Your Way® Beautiful Friendship Scrapbooking Kit and associated things will be only available while stocks last with this seasonal catalogue so go to my website or to your Close to My Heart Consultant. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project ideas. I'm really interested to hear what you think about them, so I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Doris Taylor - Creative Inspirations.
I hope you leave a lovely comment on all the blog posts and come back around to mine. See you again soon.

Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Cardmaking with Caroline & Vandra - Sponging Techniques Video 1

This is the very first video we have made called "Cardmaking with Caroline & Vandra" 
We are pretty happy with our very first video. I'm sure as we make more of these I will get better at editing, speeding up and improving the quality of the video. We had lots of fun making this, which is the whole point of this exercise. 

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 Please enjoy this instructional video teaching some sponging techniques for your cardmaking. 


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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Postcard Perfect CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. A small group of us have been creating with the National Scrapbooking Month suite of products Postcard PerfectIf you have arrived here from Doris Taylor - Creative Inspirations then you are in the right place. If you landed here another way, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. Follow the links, check out all the amazing ideas and eventually you'll come right back here to where you started. 

POSTCARD PERFECT

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with This Exclusive Collection

Make your favourite memories look “Postcard Perfect” with our collection of coordinating Postcard Perfect products, including a paper packet, stamp set, coordinating cardstock pack, and Cut Above® layout kit! Save 20% when you buy the Postcard Perfect Product Bundle, which includes one of every item in the full collection! You can also earn a FREE Postcard Perfect Cut Above® Layout Kit by signing up as a Consultant or hosting a qualifying party this month. Go to my website for more information www.vandra.closetomyheart.com.au 

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Postcard Perfect Paper Packet 16 – 12" × 12” sheets (2 each of 6 double-sided designs and 2 each of 2 single-sided designs on vellum) Featured colors: blue, Canary, Green, light blue, light pink, mint, orange, pink, Smoothie, White Daisy
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Cut Above® Layout Kit—Postcard Perfect Materials to make three coordinating 2-page layouts, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, and instructions. Includes four 12" x 12" Memory Protectors™.
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Postcard Perfect Product Bundle

Product Description

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Today I would like to share with you my projects which features the Postcard Perfect Paper Packet available exclusively throughout May 2018 for National Scrapbooking Month. 

For my swap card at our consultant training/fun day last month, I made this "FUN" card. We make 5 cards the same and then swap to get 5 different cards. To make my card, I used Smoothie Cardstock as the base 4 x 5.25 and then some of the Postcard Perfect Paper at 3.75 x 5 inches. Then I used the Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet to cut the word FUN out of the paper. I stuck the words back slightly offset with 3-D Foam TapeIts hard to see in this photo, the 3D nature of the word. I put a white pennant flag at the top with "this calls for" title which is from Workshops Your Way® Cheers to You Cardmaking Kit.

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I had lots of scraps of paper after cutting out the 5 of the above cards. So I made the next cards with the scraps all from one sheet of paper. 

The next one I used Peacock Cardstock to line the card and used scraps of the above paper and then the zip strip across. To finish the card I used the Thin Cuts—Basic Tags and Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad to stamp the "Thanks Friend" from the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts and then I used a Round Sponge to ink the edges also in Peacock. I put the Tag on with 3-D Foam Tape. Then the Peacock coloured ribbon (with peacock coloured dots) is from the Enchantment Ribbon Pack.

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My last card is also using the scraps from the other cards, the paper and reverse side of paper, the Peacock Cardstock and more Smoothie Cardstock to matt and to cut out the  Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet.

I played with the THANK YOU letters heaps to work out the best way to put them on the lines, I stared at it so many times I started to wonder if I had spelt the words right... I decided on a random alignment.  

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Remember this great set of papers, kits and stamps are only available throughout May for National Scrapbooking Month (or While stocks last) from my website or from your Close to My Heart Consultant. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project ideas. I'm really interested to hear what you think about them, so I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Megan Lawrence : Crop Craft Create.

I hope you leave a lovely comment on all the blog posts and come back around to mine. See you again soon.

Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Classic Summer Bash S1805 CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. A small group of us have been creating with the "Classic Summer Bash—May Stamp of the Month" Stamp set. If you have arrived here from Wendy Hopper -Expressions of the Heart then you are in the right place. If you landed here another way, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. Follow the links, check out all the amazing ideas and eventually you'll come right back here to where you started. 


Today I would like to share with you my projects which features the Classic Summer Bash—May Stamp of the Month available exclusively throughout May 2018 for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75. 
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Its been a tough week, I've been really sick with a head cold and my sister flew out to live in the UK from living with us for the last 2 years, as I'm writing this she is in the air. So I made a card for the Blog Hop and realised I still wasn't 100% well when I'd used next months Stamp of the Month instead of this one (YAY for being ready a month early for next month!). So I needed to make a new card. I used the new paper that was launched TODAY with the New Seasonal Expressions Catalogue. I LOVE this paper set that I've used is called Workshops Your Way® Beautiful Friendship Scrapbooking Kit. *Come back to us on the 20th May for our Beautiful Friendship Scrapbooking Kit Blog Hop to see more ideas!

I used the lovely Colour of the Year Bashful and white laced paper in this Beautiful Friendship  set and some vellum with spots (from next months National Scrapbooking Month papers) to stamp on with Black Memento™ Ink then I fussy cut it out with the Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors.

I stamped the straw onto White Daisy Cardstock with Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ and fussy cut that out too. To make the straw look more realistically coming from the jar, I sliced a cut into the "opening" of the jar so the straw appears to have the allusion of coming up out of the jar. I just used my scissors to slice a line but you could use your blade from the 12 inch trimmer. 

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 Next I decided I needed to mat the pink lace with some more smoothie. I used one of the PML cards True Story and cut it down from 4x6 to 4x5.25 inches and then the pink lace was just under 3.75x5 inches on White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack.

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To Finish it off I stamped Eat, Drink, Barbecue with the & underneath (I think its intended to be put next to the Drink for Eat, Drink & Barbecue) but I cut the "make a wish" banner from the top of one of the small 3x4 PML cards and added that to the card. So now it reads... Eat, Drink, Barbecue & Make a Wish. 

At the bottom I stamped some Juniper Exclusive Inks™ on some Juniper Cardstock for the leaf and fussy cut them out. 

When I adhered them all down, I used the white dots of the vellum jar to hide the adhesive. 


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One sample is all I could manage this time, as I've got a second card made too for next month. I already have my one sample for next months stamp of the month so maybe I'll do a second or third in the next month :) 

Remember this great stamp set Classic Summer Bash—May Stamp of the Month is only available throughout May from my website or from your Close to My Heart Consultant. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project ideas. I'm really interested to hear what you think about them, so I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Creating with Kara Davies.

I hope you leave a lovely comment on all the blog posts and come back around to mine. See you again soon.

Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia



Sunday, 15 April 2018

Gimme Some Sugar CTMH Australasian Blog Hop



Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. We have all been creating with the most lovely paper suite Workshops Your Way® Gimme Some Sugar Scrapbooking Kit matching complements, stamp sets and ribbon, which is featured this month. If you have arrived here from Doris Taylor - Creative Inspirations then you are in the right place. If you landed here another way, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. Follow the links, check out all the amazing ideas and eventually you'll come right back here to where you started. 
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Product Description
Kit contents:
1 – Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet (X7228B)
1 – Gimme Some Sugar Complements (X7228C)
5 – cardstock sheets (1 Juniper, 2 Mink, 1 Peacock, 1 White Daisy)
1 – Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes (Z4153)
1 – Peacock-stitched Ribbon (Z4144)
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Sample cards

I've been making loads of things with this paper packet and its really cute. The sentiments are sweet also in the Gimme Some Sugar Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts. I am at our CTMH Craft Camp typing this on my laptop. 
One thing I did with this set was that I LOVE the wooden look Paper in the Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet. In the Workshop your way kit you use the back of it with pink spots as your base (not even using the wooden side)... so I went looking for Paper that gave a similar look and feel while keeping my wood for another project. Happy to say pink dots from the Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet gives a similar look and I'm happily substituting it out. You're welcome ;)
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Now I have two sheets of Wooden look paper for another project. YAY!!!

After I'd finished my pages I had lots of complements and the PML cards left over so I made some cards. The card is the PML card that I cut down from 4x6 to 4x5.25 inches. Then I added a strip of green gingham and the yellow zip strip I cut in half and added around it. I cut the thin cut rolling pin and then stamped the Happy Birthday from the 
Stargazer Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cutsit fits pretty good inside the rolling pin. I used 3D foam tape to adhere on the angle. 


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The card below is some 4x5.25 
Kraft Cardstock with the Just Roll with it PML 3x4 sized. A scrap of 12" × 12" Peacock Cardstock with the circular complements and some sneak peek  Documented Dots in Peacock (coming from 1st May). 

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My favourite colour from this paper packet is peacock (see below for why I love it). The t-shirt I was wearing says "Everything will be okay". Yep. It matches this set perfectly. This is me at our Camp doing my blog :) Peacock Cardstock is my new favourite paper - its featured in Gimme Some Sugar, The National Scrapbook papers in May and the upcoming Documented paper pack being released in May. 

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My Stamp of the Month blog hop from 1st April was using the Gimme Some Sugar pack too so check that blog out if you haven't yet by clicking HERE.

Remember this great set Workshops Your Way® Gimme Some Sugar Scrapbooking Kit and associated things will be finishing with this catalogue at 30th April if not sold out SOON so go to my website or to your Close to My Heart Consultant. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project ideas. I'm really interested to hear what you think about them, so I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Shaunna Richards: Passionate About Pages.
I hope you leave a lovely comment on all the blog posts and come back around to mine. See you again soon.