Monday, 25 March 2019

Convention Creativity Showcase Display

I have just returned home from a fabulous weekend in Brisbane where I attended our Close To My Heart Australasian Convention with around 500 girlfriends! It was great to catch up with old friends and meet new ones!

On Friday night I had a display of some of my artwork at the Consultant Creativity Showcase. This year, my projects featured the Stitched Quilt Shapes Thin Cuts, Stitched Squares Thin Cuts & Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts.

As soon as I saw these Thin Cuts in the current catalogue I knew I was going to have lots of fun creating with them. 

These are some of the projects I displayed that I have created written instructions for that can be purchased for just $10.00. The purchase details can be found here! (on the Workshop Cutting Guides Tab at the top of this page). All proceeds from the sale of these instructions will be donated to Operation Smile - a not for profit organisation who provides surgery to correct Cleft Lips & Pallets in underprivileged communities.



This layout featured the I Heart Us collection from the current catalogue. 

This layout features papers from the Mix Ins paper pack as well as the I Heart Us paper pack and some cardstock too.

This layout features paper from the Feels Like Home paper pack with Black cardstock.

If you would like to purchase the instructions for these layouts, plus more, just click on the link above.

I will be back again soon with more of what's NEW and what I have been creating. 

Doreen

Friday, 1 March 2019

S1903 - This Happened CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop


Hi & welcome to our S1903 - This Happened stamp of the month CTMH Australasian blog hop. If you arrived from Lauren's blog, you are on the right track. If you arrived by accident I hope you will continue on the hop with us. 

I created my layout using the Seasons Mix Ins paper pack (for the background) with the So Much Happy paper pack (also the featured collection for March), with Sapphire & White Daisy cardstock. I used the fabulous Stitched Quilt Thin Cuts to create the chevron border on the page. The page was finished with a few loose Gold Sequins. I have had so much fun creating with the Stitched Quilt Thin Cuts and can't wait to share more of my creations with you later in the month! This stamp set is so versatile! I know I am going to have fun creating many more layouts using it to add some details!



The S1903 - This Happened stamp set is only available this month - March 2019! You can get it from your consultant for just $8.25 with a qualifying order of $82.50 or for $29.50 with no qualifying order.

If you you don't have a consultant, I would love to help you. You can contact me here.

Before you hop along to see what Shaunna has created, I would love you to leave a comment.

Come back again soon and see what is NEW and what I have been creating.

Doreen 

Friday, 15 February 2019

I Heart Us Australasian CTMH Blog Hop


Hi & welcome to our I Heart Us Australasian CTMH Blog Hop! If you arrived from Maz's blog you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

There is so much to love about this collection! It is bright and happy!

My first layout was created using the Moon Doggie pattern (which can be found on the CTMH blog from 25/5/17). I used I Heart Us bulk paper, White Daisy, Sweet Leaf & Sapphire cardstock, Erin's Hand (E1039) alphabet stamp set, Feels Like Home Scrapbooking stamp set (D1821), Heather, Sapphire & Sweet Leaf ink pads, Mint Shimmer Brush and Watercolour Pencils to create my pages.

This single page was one I shared at our recent consultant meeting here in Adelaide.  It was created using Lagoon, Sweet Leaf & White Daisy cardstock, I Heart Us bulk paper, Artbooking cricut cartridge, White & Gold twine, B1652 - Wordfetti stamp set, Black, Canary & Raspberry ink pads & Mint Shimmer Brush.

I have created more using this collection, but you will have to wait till after our annual CTMH convention at the end of March to see those projects, so make sure you come back then!

This bright collection is available till the end of April, while supplies last! Contact your consultant to get yours before it runs out or if you don't have a consultant, you can contact me here.

I would love you to leave a comment before you continue your way around our blog hop by visiting Shaunna to see what she has created!

Come back again soon to see what is NEW and what I have been creating.

Doreen



Monday, 4 February 2019

S1902 - Heartfelt Sentiments

I didn't get to complete any projects in time to participate in the Australasian CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop, but have now made one card using this stamp set, so thought I would share it with you!

This is a great stamp set for your scrapbook pages, but I decided I would make a card first! (I have struggled to work out how I want to make any scrapbook pages).

First, I cut the stamp apart - knowing I can still use it as whole stamp by carefully adding the two pieces together on the block.

I turned the cut piece upside down and stamped it with Pewter ink, on to a piece of White Daisy cardstock that I had embossed using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The flowers were coloured using Watercolour Pencils. I then stamped  the banner in Mint in and the sentiment - from the January SOM ( Card Captions (no longer available) in Pewter ink. I added the sentiment to the card using Thin 3D Foam Tape. Needless to say, I am very happy with how this card turned out.

You can get this stamp set during February 2019 only - for just $8.25 with any purchase of $82.50 or you can purchase the stamp set without a qualifying order for $29.50. 

Come back again soon and see what is NEW and what else I have been creating.

Happy crafting!

Doreen 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Something Fierce has been on my desk!

During the month of January, the Close To My Heart featured collection is Something Fierce. I know there are lots of kids who would love to see their photos on pages created with this fun collection, but it is suitable for so much more than children's pages!
These are some of the pages and cards I have created with the Something Fierce collection.

 This layout was created using White Daisy, Carolina, Bluebird, Mint, Ballerina, Willow & Lemon cardstock; Something Fierce paper pack; Stitched Circles Thin Cuts, Basic Circles Thin Cuts, Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Decorative Borders Thin Cuts, Flower Market Cricut Collection. 

I have now added a photo and the story to this layout, but haven't taken a photo of the completed layout. This one was inspired by the one on the back cover of the NEW Seasonal Expressions 1 and created using Bluebird & White Daisy cardstock, Something Fierce Bulk Paper, D1825 - Be Yourself stamp set, Ballerina, Bluebird, Carolina & Raspberry ink pads, Gold Sequins (loose), White & Gold Twine.

This layout also has photos on it now! It was inspired by a layout seen on Pinterest by Sue Althouse and made using Mink & White Daisy cardstock, Something Fierce paper (scraps) and complements, 3D Foam Tape.

This page was inspired by Pattern 26 - MIFYH Vol 3, Bluebird & White Daisy cardstock, Something Fierce Bulk Paper, B1652 - Wordfetti, C1758 - Details I Love stamp set, Ballerina, Bluebird, Lemon, Raspberry & Willow ink pads, White & Gold Twine.

This card was inspired by card p54 SE1 2019, Carolina & White Daisy cardstock, Something Fierce Paper Pack, Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Shaker Window Foam & Acetate, silver Loose Sequins, Z4264 - Budding Peony Stamp & Thin Cuts, S1901 - Card Captions stamp set, Black & Pewter ink pads, Watercolour Pencils, White Twine, White Ribbon.

For this card, I used White Daisy cardstock, Silver Glitter paper, Something Fierce Paper Pack, Basic Circles Thin Cuts, Stitched Circles Thin Cuts, Z4263 - Butterfly Friendship Stamp & Thin Cuts,  S1901 - Card Captions stamp set, Black Bluebird & Carolina ink pads, Silver Embellishing Thread.

I used Something Fierce paper pack, White Daisy cardstock, S1901 - Card Captions stamp set, Black ink pad, Basic Circles thin cuts, Stitched Circles thin cuts, Stitched Hearts thin cuts, Clear Sparkles to make this card. 

The final project I want to share with you today is this cut card which was created using White Daisy cardstock, Something Fierce paper pack, S1901 - Card Captions stamp set, C1770 - Paw Prints on My Heart stamp set, Black ink pad, Candy Apple ink pad, Watercolour Pencils, Candy Apple Striped Ribbon, Red Gems.

Come back again soon and see what is new and what I have been creating.

Doreen 

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

S1901 Card Captions CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop




Hi & welcome to our S1901 - Card Captions Stamp of the Month Australasian Close To My Heart Blog Hop. If you arrived here from Maz's blog, you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

I know you are going to love the NEW Seasonal Expressions catalogue, and especially this stamp set! It will become a well used set in my stash!

Of course I created some cards using this set, but I also wanted to use it on a page layout. My page was inspired by the one on page 126 of the the NEW Seasonal Expressions. 

I used Mint & White Daisy cardstock, the NEW Seasons Mix Ins paper pack, Something Fierce complements, Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Shaker Window Foam & Acetate, Gold Loose Sequins (and some blue sequins from my stash), S1901 - Card Captions stamp set - for the title and some of the elements in one of the shaker windows, D1827 - Years of Sweetness stamp set, Canary, Lagoon, Lemon, Mint & Pewter ink pads, Artbooking Cricut Cartridge to cut the cupcake. 



This was such a fun layout to make and I'm sure I will be using it again!

For my first card, I was inspired by one on page 54 of the NEW Seasonal Expressions catalogue. It was created using  Carolina & White Daisy cardstock, Something Fierce Paper Pack, Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Shaker Window Foam & Acetate, Silver Loose Sequins, Z4264 - Budding Peony Stamp & Thin Cuts, S1901 - Card Captions stamp set, Black & Pewter ink pads, Watercolour Pencils, White Twine &White Ribbon.

 Please excuse the shadow in the window - the cardstock is not different colours. 
The little stars in the shaker window were cut using one of the Thin Cuts from the Shaker Window set. 








This card was created using White Daisy cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper, Something Fierce paper pack, Basic Circles Thin Cuts, Stitched Circles Thin Cuts, Decorative Borders Thin Cuts, S1901 - Card Captions stamp set, Z4263 - Butterfly Friendship Stamp & Thin Cuts, Black, Bluebird & Carolina ink pads, Silver Shimmer Trim and Silver Embellishing Thread. 

I used 3D Foam tape to add some dimension to the butterfly and sentiment. 











My next card features the NEW Swiss Dots Embossing Folder - which I think will get lots of use, along with Mink & White Daisy cardstock. I added some Mink cardstock and Mink Twine to finish it off. 

I used glue dots to hold the twine in place and add the bow and added dimension by using 3D Foam Tape to add the top layer of the card









On this card, I have also used the NEW Swiss Dots Embossing folder and the NEW Z4263- Butterfly Friendship stamp & thin cuts set with some Mink Twine. I stamped the butterfly in Pewter & Sugarplum (to match the cardstock used for the background). The sentiment (from S1901 - Card Captions) is also stamped in Pewter. I finished it with some Clear Sparkles and added some sparkle to the butterfly with the Clear Shimmer Brush.  














Another card I made using S1901 - Card Captions for the sentiment & a butterfly from the Butterfly Friendship stamp & thin cuts set was this one with Canary & Mink ink for the stamping and Canary cardstock and Gold Shimmer Ribbon with some clear sparkles. I used the NEW Playful Scallops embossing folder on this one. 














And the last card I want to share with you today once again features a sentiment from S1901 - Card Captions and one of the gorgeous flowers from Z4264 - Budding Peony stamp & thin cuts set. I stamped the images & sentiment in Mink ink then used watercolour pencils to colour the images. I added some detail using the NEW Stitched Quilt Shapes thin cuts. I added Peach cardstock & Mink Twine to finish off my card. 















This exclusive stamp set is only available during January 2019! It can be yours for just $8.25 when you spend $82.50 with your consultant, or you can purchase it for $29.50 with no qualifying order - during January only. If you don't have a consultant, you can contact me here.

January is National Papercrafting Month. To celebrate, Close To My Heart has released this exclusive 'Frame It Up' special - featuring a gorgeous Magnolia Frame kit. There are so many possibilities for using this frame! 


This is my first frame. I do plan to update the photo once we have our Christmas photos taken. 

Contact your consultant to get yours, or if you don't have a consultant, I would love to help you. You can contact me here.
I'd love you to leave a comment before you continue on our blog hop to see what Shaunna has created.

Come back again soon and see what is NEW and what I have been creating. 

Doreen

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Holiday Expressions retiring in just 2 weeks.....

We are half way through December, Christmas is almost here and the Holiday Expressions catalogue is retiring on 31st December! And there are still some great specials available in December too!

One of the paper packs I hadn't used much of till recently was the Seasons Mix Ins. These were new with the Holiday Expressions and are designed to coordinate with all the collections in the catalogue.

Recently, I created 2 layouts using almost exclusively Seasons Mix Ins. The first layout was inspired by one you will see in the NEW Seasonal Expressions available January 1st. 


This layout was created using Ballerina, Pebble & White Daisy cardstock, Seasons Mix Ins paper pack (Holiday Expressions 2018), Sugarplum Glitter Paper, White & Gold Twine, C1744 - Dream Catcher stamp set (Hostess Rewards), Versamark ink pad, Gold Embossing powder. It was a fun layout to create and the ladies who attended my workshop loved making it. 














For this layout, I used left over pieces of paper from the Seasons Mix Ins paper pack, along with Hello Pumpkin bulk paper, White Daisy cardstcok, D1808 - You're my Top Pick stamp set, D1797 - Watercolour Impressions stamp set, Black & Glacier Ink Pads.  I think this layout is great for using those narrow pieces of paper in your stash. I used some of the Zip Strips and cut other strips 1/2", 3/4" & 1" high and between 5.5" & 6" wide. 













As I mentioned earlier, there are some great specials still available during December. These include:

1. The Important Things Workshop -   Highlight the unique things that are important to you with The Important Things Everyday Life™ workshop. This workshop shows you how to create eight 6″ × 8″ layouts plus a title page and a closing page for an Everyday Life™ album. The generic theme of this album featuring the bright colours and patterns in the Perfectly Imperfect Picture My Life™ cards make this a versatile workshop y to create for yourself, give as a gift, or even do both! There are additional products (listed) that you need to purchase to complete this project. It would make a great album to highlight some of your Christmas/Holiday events.


2. Days of December WorkshopCapture your holiday memories with the Days of December bundle and workshop! With this workshop, you can create an Everyday Life™ album to document photos and memories for each day during the month of December. Your December highlights will be preserved for years to come. You will need to add the Everyday Album to your shopping cart if you don't have one in stock.




3. Story Starter SpecialStory by Stacy™ products teach you how to focus on the story in your memory keeping, and this December is a wonderful time to share the stories that matter to you with the Story Starter Special. During December, take advantage of 20% off the retail price of all Story Starter workshop kits and both coordinating stamp sets. For even more savings, get 30% off the retail price with a variety of bundles featuring Story Starter workshop kits and stamp sets. If you host a qualifying party or join my team during December, you can choose one of the Story by Stacy™ stamp sets for FREE! Contact me for more details!



4. Heart Happy Workshops - Whether you are looking forward to Valentine’s Day or just need a reason to celebrate the people and things that you love, we’ve got you covered with the exclusive Heart Happy collection. With the Heart Happy workshop, you can make one 12″ × 12″ layout, two 12″ × 12″ single pages, ten cards, and five tags. We’ve also taken this paper packet in a different direction with the Heart Happy Everyday Life™ workshop. Use this workshop to create a 6″ × 8″ Everyday Life™ album perfect for documenting any subject! These workshops feature a NEW, exclusive paper pack, stickers and stamp sets that are only available from now till the end of February 2019! Why not be one of the first to get your hands on this collection! 

With the retirement of the Holiday Expressions catalogue at the end of December, means the current Operation Smile Stamp set (D1798) Beautiful Soul will also retire. You still have time to get your stamp set and support this fabulous not for profit charity who offer FREE cleft lip & palate surgeries to children around the world. US$7.00 from the sale of every one of this stamp set goes to Operation Smile to help with these surgeries. Please help this great cause! Or if you don't want the stamp set, you can donate any amount when you place an order on my website!

Come back again soon and see what is NEW and what I have been creating!

Doreen