Sunday, 3 August 2014

CTMH New Product Blog Hop - Annual Inspirations 2014-2015




Hello and Welcome to the CTMH Blog Boosters Blog Hop for new products, released in the Close to My Heart Annual Inspirations book 2014-2015. These are now available and you can browse and shop here.



This new book is valid for a whole 12 months, and there are over 250 new products to share with you! Over the next week, I will be posting a few projects I have created with these, so keep checking back to see what is new.

At the bottom of my post, you will also see a Linky listing, of other CTMH consultants from around the world, participating in this blog hop. Please click on the thumbnails and check out what they have created, and leave some blog love for all of us!

My first project is a set of cards and matching envelopes that can be used for almost any occasion. I used the same technique but with different stamp sets and different ink colours. You can find the recipe at the end of my post.



 

I masked off a 1.5 inch area across the front of the card with post-it notes, and filled the area with images from the stamp set in three to four ink colours. I worked from large stamps to small, making sure the space was filled in and stamped across the masked area as much as possible, to define the space.

I then removed the mask, and used our new Score Board to create raised lines on the front of the card to frame this stamped section (by scoring from the inside front of the card). I then used one of the ink colours and a sentiment on the bottom right hand corner of the card.



These cards are very simple to make, and can be reproduced quickly. My next project will be a little package to put them into for gift giving. Stay tuned :-)


INGREDIENTS:
Cardstock:
X1410 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" Colonial White Cards & Envelopes, 50 pack
Stamps:
C1600 Happy Birds
D1602 A Budding Friendship
D1627 Your Own Kind of Wonderful
C1594 Treasured Friendship
Ink pads:
Glacier, Crystal Blue, Lagoon, Smoothie, Gypsy, Goldrush, Hollyhock, Pixie, Ruby, Sweet leaf, Topiary, Desert Sand, Cashmere, Bamboo


Yours in craft,
Monika

 

Friday, 1 August 2014

CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - August 2014 - What a Hoot


Hello and welcome aboard our Close to My Heart Australasian Stamp of the month Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Jenny's Blog, Jen's Creative Classroom, 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 this special birthday card which features the August Stamp of the Month - What a Hoot, available exclusively throughout August for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75.






At first glance, you would think this is very much a "Halloween" stamp set, but I beg to differ. Owls of all shapes and sizes have been in style in crafting for a while now, and I for one am a little obsessed :-). When I saw the line drawn owls on this set, with options for eyes and hats, I knew I wanted to do a little paper piecing.

I took colour inspiration from my first favourite paper set out of the new Annual Inspirations book, called "Brushed". I absolutely love these prints and colour combination.



I stamped the standing owl onto the B&T paper, using the more subtle pattern for the body and the large print for the belly. Then I stamped the wings and the party hat onto a small piece of Olive cardstock. I stamped all the images in black ink to emphasise the paper piecing.

I used the Cricut Artbooking cartridge to cut the branch and the title. The images are actually from a Nursery layout (p.84), and the title says "Look Whoos here" but I trimmed off the last word by hand, so I could add the numbers for the age birthday. The titles are cut from Cranberry cardstock.

I love that all the Cricut cartridges from Close to My Heart are so versatile, with over 700 images on each, that be used in so many different ways.

Both the branch and the tree on the left side of the card were embossed with the new Woodgrain embossing folder, using colonial white cardstock as the base. Then I swiped Chocolate ink over the top of the embossed lines, and filled in with the Chocolate ink and a sponge dauber.



The base of the card is Champagne cardstock. I stamped some light clouds in the background from the C1570 Lifting Spirits set, with Glacier ink. Most of the card was assembled with flat adhesive, but for the 40 and the party hat I used a bit of foam tape to give the card some dimension. A little bit of sequins and sparkles finished the card - you always need a little bling, right?

I had tons of fun making this card, and hope the recipient likes it as well. 40 is the new 30, apparently lol

S1408 What a Hoot is only available until 31 August 2014 from your CTMH consultant.

I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Lauren Moore's Blog, CTMH Craftings.

Yours in Craft,
Monika

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - July 2014 - Circus Alphabet



Hello and welcome aboard our Australasian Stamp of the month Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Anne's Blog, Mummy you made this?, 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 these cards which feature the July Stamp of the Month - Circus Alphabet, available exclusively throughout July for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75.



 I love Alphabet stamp sets, they are so versatile, allowing you to make your own greetings and titles, and to highlight your journaling. This one has a very whimsical feel, and the design also means you can colour them in if you wish. There are 68 stamps in the set, and he tallest image in the set is approximately ⅝" in height.

Do you find with alpha stickers you always have the same few letters left over? With my two girls, all the A, S and L stickers are gone - assuming there is enough in the packet to start with! With a stamp set, you can use each letter as often as you like, and pick whatever ink pad you have on hand to use - colour coordinated with your cardstock!

I needed to create some Thank You cards to have on hand, and this stamp set was perfect to create my own greeting. I used the upper case letters for the Thanks, and the lower case for the รก bunch'.





I used the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the greeting pieces out of scraps of My Reflections scrapbook papers, and the backing from plain coordinating cardstock.  I stamped the greeting pieces and the base card in either Black ink, or a colour to match the backing piece - Gypsy, Cotton Candy, Ruby or Outdoor Denim. I then embossed these backing pieces with our embossing folders in Dots or Stripes, and used the sanding block to expose the white core and give them some more texture.


I adhered the backing piece directly to the Colonial white card, and then used foam tape to raise the Thanks piece onto the top. Very quickly I had 8 thank you cards ready to go, with a variety of colour schemes.



I love making cards in bulk as it saves time, but I also get bored with one design very easily, so this way I have a little variety in my stash!



Circus Alphabet is only available until 31 July 2014 from your CTMH consultant.

I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Lauren Moore's Blog, CTMH Craftings.

Yours in Craft,
Monika

Sunday, 29 June 2014

CTMH Retiring Products - Dont miss out on these great products - retiring 31 July!

Hi All

the current Idea book from CTMH is ending 31 July 2014, and a new book is ready to be released on 1 August.

The Annual Inspirations book is in a brand new format, for 12 months worth of crafting! There will also be 2 Seasonal Inspirations booklets released down the track, so tons of new product to look forward to.

But to make way for new product, some other products must retire - and will never be seen again!

http://monikaenglish.ctmh.com.au/Retail/Products.aspx?CatalogID=18

All of the current My Reflections scrapbook papers, lots of stamp sets, embellishments, and some colours of cardstock and ink pads.

  


Check out the link above for the full list, and get your order in before 31 July, or you will miss out!

I also wanted to let you know that there will be a small price increase on some items in August.
D size stamp sets will be $27 (from $24), C stamps $21 ($19) and so on. Even if the stamp set you have had your eye on will continue to be available, it will cost a little more come August, so grab it now!

You can order online now, by following the link above, or email me your order, and I can organise delivery to you.

Every order between now (29 June 2014) and 31 July 2014 will receive a free gift from me - regardless of order value!

Hope you can grab some great deals before they disappear forever!

Yours in Craft,
Monika

Sunday, 1 June 2014

CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - June 2014 - Kaboom




Hello and welcome aboard our Australasian Stamp of the month Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Savannah's Blog, Savannah Scraps, 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 these cards which feature June Stamp of the Month - Kaboom, available exclusively throughout June for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

This is a very festive set, all about parties and fireworks - great for any celebration!

For my first creations this month I used CTMH Kraft 12x12 cardstock cut into 3 - 2 pieces of 6 x 8 inches for a side folding card, and a 4 x 12 inch top folding card - all three cards closed are 4x6 inches, and fit into a standard envelope.

I stamped both cards with White Daisy Pigment ink, and left the ink to dry. Pigment ink takes a bit longer to dry than dye ink, as it does not absorb into the card like dye does. You could also heat set it with a heat gun if you have one.

I left the first card like this, as I love the white on craft look, and the pigment ink is opaque, showing up really well on darker cardstock.



For the second card, I coloured over the white ink with Alcohol markers. You can see how vibrant the colours are in the Kraft, with the white ink underneath them. You could also use coloured pencils for this technique. Just be aware of how dark some of the alcohol markers are, and how wide the tip is - my purple fireworks are a little over-done lol


By this stage I was a little excited about different colour combinations, so I thought I would try a white background card with coloured inks for the fireworks. I stamped them all over the card as a background, and highlighted the sentiment by raising it on a flag shaped card with foam tape, and just lightly sponging the edges with Lagoon ink.


I used Ruby, Goldrush, Lagoon and Pear exclusive inks. I love that the set also includes the small star you can use to fill in any spaces.

 Kaboom is only available until 30 June 2014 from your CTMH consultant.

I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Patricia Manhire's Blog, Patricia's Creative Corner.

Yours in Craft,
Monika

Thursday, 1 May 2014

CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - May 2014 - You've Got a Friend




Hello and welcome aboard our Australasian Stamp of the month Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Savannah's Blog, Savannah Scraps, 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 these two cards which feature May Stamp of the Month You've Got a Friend, available exclusively throughout May for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

I love the greetings in this set, and the "moon" one in particular is very special to our family. Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love you? has been a firm bedtime reading favourite for almost a decade now.

For the first card, I inked up the various parts of the sentiment in 3 different colours. I used our Pigment inks for this, mainly because the pads are small and can be walked across only parts of the stamp if you wish.





I then used a partial embossing technique with the chevron embossing folder for the top and bottom of the front panel, and separated the three portions with a double scored line from the back, so it would be raised on the front. Then I just used the Gypsy ink again to colour the edges of the panel, and mounted it with foam tape onto a white daisy card base. Some purple adhesive gems left over from a Laughing Lola kit completed this card.

The second card was made in a similar way, but I embossed the two ends of the front panel first, and hoped the sentiment would fit :-).  I used the Quatrefoil embossing folder and only a single reverse scored line. I also kept this card more monochrome, with a Lagoon mat, and some Aqua Dots. Some baker's twine hemp (left over from this kit) adds some extra texture.



 You've Got a Friend is only available until 31 May 2014 from your CTMH consultant.

I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Jenny Gilbert's Blog, Jens DigiScrap.

Yours in Craft,
Monika

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - April 2014 - S1404 Balloon Talk



Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Lauren's Blog, CTMH Craftings, 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 these two cards which feature the April Stamp of the Month S1404 Balloon Talk available exclusively throughout April for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

The first card uses just one of the stamps from the SOTM for the sentiment, and there are a great variety of speech bubbles with and without words in this set - 24 in total. The main images on the card are from C1540 Hello Blooms, and the Pear background piece is embossed with Swiss Dots.



The second card was inspired by the actual packaging of the SOTM. I wanted to make a monochrome card with various speech bubbles in the background, and then one raised up for the actual sentiment of the card. I used Outdoor Denim ink and the coordinating Chevron ribbon for this card.



A bit of fun - did you notice that the top left stamp is "start here" and the bottom right stamp is "carry on"?

You could make any number of these cards with the background technique, and then have different sentiments you can apply with foam tape to finish the card. You could also do a tone on tone look with ink to match your card stock.

Balloon Talk is only available until 30th April from your CTMH consultant. I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Mandy's Blog, Hall of Indulgence.