Saturday, 10 October 2015

CTMH Australasian - Sangria Blog Hop

Hi and welcome aboard our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop featuring our stunning paper collection - SangriaIf you have arrived here from Scrappy Matters and the delightful Simone Morton 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. This new paper collection from Close To My Heart is just so warm and inviting that you'll be dying to get your hands on it, especially after seeing the wonderful creations we've got in store for you as you make your way around the blog hop.

Take a look at those stunning colours! One of the things I love about Close To My Heart is the way they make everything match. It's not just a new paper pack - there's paper, coordinating compliments and of course bling! It then steps up another level with the Workshop On The Go scrapbooking kit which provides you with everything you need to create at least 2 stunning double page layouts - including instructions!

It's been a busy time for me lately with it being school holidays so I haven't been able to play as 
much as I would've liked to, however I want to share with you how versatile this paper collection 
is as I was able to quickly whip up a few cards using just a couple of sheets but each card 
being of a completely different nature!

Firstly I made a few 3x3 cards that are simply just for! Aren't those little guys just the cutest! They make up a bunch of cute little creatures as part of our newest Operation Smile stamp set - Animal Greetings. By purchasing this stamp set you are helping a child get their smile back! These little guys were all coloured in using our Shinhan Marker range and they were so much fun to do! Don't forget you can click on any image to make it larger if you need a closer look.
The next card I created was one that could be used to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary or any other special day for someone. Something that I really wanted to try with this paper collection was some gold heat embossing. I really felt it would set the colours off and our gold embossing powder is just perfect for it don't you think? It just says elegant to me. The gorgeous swirl I've featured here is from 
the Love Life stamp set and the butterflies and sentiment are from Your Own Kind of Wonderful 
- two of my personal favourites. 

So we've had some "just because" cards and a "Special Day" card. This collection is that 
versatile it also said "Christmas" to me! Does it say Christmas to you? Aren't those little ornaments cute! Again I decided on some more gold heat embossing to really make the colours pop and add that something special to the card. 

And lastly - for those who like to do digital scrapbooking - you haven't been forgotten!
Close To My Heart has released a Sangria Studio J Collection for a limited time! 
Take the link and get in quick to ensure you don't miss out on this wonderful collection.

I hope you've had fun reading about one of our newest paper collections and seeing what I've created, I know I've certainly had fun playing with this collection and I can't wait to see what it inspires you to do!

 Thanks so much for taking the time to have a look around - to order any of Sangria products be sure to contact your CTMH Consultant. I'd really love you to leave a comment before you hop on over to see what has been created in Vandra's Virtual CTMH Craftroom. Thanks again for joining us.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Twinkle- S1510 - CTMH Australiasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


Hi and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month 
Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived 
here from Wendy Hopper's Expressions of the Heart 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.

It's beginning to look a bit like Christmas! Everywhere you go!
I love this time of year, Christmas always has me so excited!!
I love the festive season and I especially love to be able to create my own little bits and pieces and add my personal flair to it all - and I couldn't be more spoilt with what Close To My Heart has to offer to         help me accomplish this!!  Starting of course with the October Stamp of the Month - Twinkle! This stamp set is just full of Christmas spirit and will have you crafting Christmas goodies like there's no tomorrow!

I just love how simple Close To My Heart make it for us to make fantastic handcrafted, personal creations with ease, having stunning artwork like this stamp set at our fingertips!

The simplicity goes a step further with this stamp set being cricut compatible with the Artiste  cartridge, as indicated by the red outline, ensuring perfect shapes every time for your stamped images. 

This D size stamp set is available exclusively throughout August for $27 - or yours for just $7.50 when you spend $75

I had so much fun creating a few quick cards 
with this set - I hope you enjoy them.
Firstly I played around with some background stamping to create this panel using cranberry ink and simply matting with cranberry cardstock to really make the pattern pop. 
Simple but effective and eye catching I think. 
How about you?

I had lots of fun playing with colours to create 
this next little card. Colours used
were lagoonthistlepearhoney and cranberry.
The string of lights reminds me of Christmas time at my Nan's when I was a child. She had this old set of lights that were shaped like these bulbs and I can still remember how they clinked together when we were trying to untangle them. 
Good times! Great memories!

This last card was a little more involved but was still really fun to create. I used my artiste circuit cartridge to cut the circles and stamped as pictured using cranberry ink as well as versa mark ink which was then heat embossed using our silver powder. The touch of silver really adds to the festive feel. The white background was given a hint if elegance by embossing with our quatrefoil embossing folder, which I think really sets it all off.

I hope you've enjoyed having a look at my little creations, they were lots of fun to do. 
I'm sure I don't need to tell you again how much Christmas excites me!! It's only 84 days to go!!
 I'm sure you wanted to know that ..... do make sure you pop back between now and then to see 
what other Christmas crafts I have instore! 

Thanks so much for taking the time to have a look around - don't forget that this cute stamp set, Twinkle, is only available for the month of September from your CTMH Consultant
I'd really love you to leave a comment before you hop on over to Doris Taylor's Creative Inspirations 
to see the wonderful ideas she has to share with you.