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.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Artbooking Made Easy - All Star Layouts


Hi crafty friends,

do you have kids (or family members) who love all sorts of sport? the Sports Keys on the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge, exclusive to Close to My Heart, are just the ticket for getting your photos scrapped - or making gorgeous off-the-page items to display their talent!


Contact me if you would like to get your hands on this fantastic cartridge, or any of the tools and materials shown on the video.

Artbooking Cricut Collection



Yours in craft,
Monika

Sunday, 9 February 2014

New Idea Book Launch

Hello crafters!

I had a very successful new Idea Book launch and open house gathering on Saturday afternoon. Below I have shown you some of the samples of the new products available. There are so many new scrapbook papers now, that I am having a hard time picking a favourite! And of course tons of new stamps to play with!

For a masculine feel, I absolutely love the Timberline papers. they have a camping, outdoors feel to them, without going too overboard. This layout is from the Workshop on the Go (WOTG) scrapbooking kit, and was very easy to put together - just need to get my photos printed :-)
There is also lots of paper left over to make some other projects - another layout and some cards, too.



I love the colours in the Ariana paper packet, very girly but in a more mature way. This is the second layout from the WOTG scrapbooking kit, and again lots of papers left over for other projects.





The Ivy Lane card making WOTG would have to be my favourite of all the WOTG at the moment, just love the stamps in it! The kit has enough materials to make 5 of each of 3 card designs - 15 cards, plus leftover materials to make a couple more.
** This kit is also the ONLY way you can purchase the GOLD shimmer trim, as it is no longer available in the main catalogue!



Now for something completely different, Close to My Heart introduced Base and Bling to Australia with this idea book. Base and Bling is a way of making wearable art - neckaces, hair clips and hair bands, etc. I chose to make the antique silver square pendant with the Crafty Queen insert stickers and charms. These 1" stickers, glass toppers and charms would also be a great addition to your paper crafting!



This little card was the make and take project for the day, using Cricut cuts, the Timberline paper packet (love that wood grain paper!) and the new Believe in Yourself stamp set.


 
 
The Stamp of the Month for February is "Wild about Love" really cute with foxes and hearts and love sayings. Have you been bitten by the "what does the fox say?" bug? Our family loves the song and it gets repeated often at my house.
 
You can get this stamp set for $24 only during the month of February, or with an order of $75 this month you can purchase it for only $5 - what a bargain!
 
 
The bottom part of the card is embossed with a dot pattern using the Cuttlebug. Did you know that CTMH now sells embossing folders too? Check them out here!
 
Also during the month of February only, when you purchase 2 scrapbook cardstock packs - either the mixed colours or the bulk single colour packs here - you get a free embossing folder. So stock up on your card stock for all your projects and also get the embossing folders for FREE!
Don't have an embossing machine? That's OK, these also work with a rolling pin - or you can come over to my place and use mine :-)
 
The last Friday of every month I host a crop night at my place, where for just $5 you can come and do your own projects and use all of my tools, including the Cricut and Cuttlebug machines. I usually have a little free project for everyone to complete, and supper is provided. Register for the next one through my Facebook page!
 
You can see the full catalogue and browse the products on my CTMH website.
 
I hope you have enjoyed this little look at some of the new products, and I have inspired you to get crafty soon!
 
Yours in craft,
Monika



Wednesday, 1 January 2014

CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - January - Cross Stitch Wishes


Hello and welcome aboard our Australasian Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop for January. If you have arrived here from Lauren Moore's blog, then you are in the right place. If you landed here first, the blog hop is a circle, so please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

The SOTM for January is called Cross Stitch Wishes, and almost every image is made up of cross stitches, so I automatically thought of a sewing theme. I am also a sewist and a quilter, so this stamp set appeals to me, and I can make cards and layouts based on those hobbies.



The first project is a simple card and matching envelope I made to send to a fellow quilter, using just two colours, Slate and Cotton Candy. I like the Slate for a neutral as its not as harsh as the Black. I added a piece of slate and white twine to the needle to give the card some texture.



The second card I made for an upcoming celebration, Valentines day. I used Twilight, Lagoon and Sky for the ombre effect, and Cotton Candy for the accent. You will notice a subtle border around the outside of the card front. This was created by scoring from the back at 1/8 inch intervals.



And the final card for today is for Mother's day. I used Lagoon ink for the Best Mum, Gypsy, Cotton Candy and Twilight for the flower heads and Pear for the stems and grass. I folded part of the You are the Best stamp over the edge of the block and masked it to get just the word I wanted - another great benefit of acrylic stamps :-)



This exclusive  stamp of the month is only available during January. It can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $24 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order in my online store here.

Did you know that January is National Papercrafting Month? CTMH has a gorgeous Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit you can purchase for just $20 when you spend $55. So again you can qualify for 2 promotions with just one purchase. Ask me how to get yours today!

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



Yours in craft,
Monika

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Washi tape Wonderland

Hello fellow crafters

I hope that your Christmas celebrations were wonderful and Santa left you lots of lovely presents!

Does anyone else feel that the washi tapes you purchase seem to be multiplying? I am sure there are some secret fairies who bring me washi tape in the night, my collection is growing more than I think I actually purchased :-)

The video below shows some ideas for what you can do with Washi tape, so enjoy. I have a couple of projects on the go at the moment with Washi tape, so I will be sharing those with you shortly.




Don't forget, with the new Idea Book due to launch 1 February, there are some retiring items you can still get while stocks last, you can find them here.

Best wishes for a great new year

yours in craft,
Monika


Party Washi tape pack

Merry and Bright Washi tape pack

Lagoon Houndstooth Washi tape

Slate polkadot Washi tape

Sunday, 8 December 2013

CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - December - Special Care

Hello and welcome aboard our Australasian Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop for December. If you have arrived here from Jo Armstrong's Blog, then you are in the right place. If you landed here first, the blog hop is a big circle, so please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

The SOTM for December is called Special Care and is a set of 6 stamps with a "washing instructions" theme. My first thought when I saw these stamps was for baby or children-inspired cards or scrapbook pages.



I have been a bit remiss with scrapbooking pages for Isobelle, as all her photos are digital and I don't often print them out any more. These pictures were taken by an amateur photographer friend of mine when Isobelle was just 3 weeks old, on 27 November 2009.




I wanted to keep the focus on the photos, so used colonial white card for the base pages and photo mats and embellishments in Cotton Candy. I also stamped in Cotton Candy and Slate, and added a touch of bling with the silver washi tape out of the Sparkle & Shine pack. The shapes come from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and the title is from Artbooking, both exclusive to Close to My Heart.







I used one roll from each of the special Washi tape packs we currently have, the Party and the Sparkle and Shine packs. Each roll in this pack is 15 yards (13.7 metres) so the pack is great value.




This exclusive  stamp of the month is only available during December. It can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $24 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order in my online store here.

The Washi tape and many other Christmas themed items are from the Holidays with Heart Gift Guide, available now through December 31 from your CTMH consultant whilst stocks last. Some items are in short supply so order early to avoid disappointment.

Orders totalling over $130 between now and 31 December 2013 can choose one starred item from The Holidays with Heart gift Guide for free so it is an ideal time to get your hands on one of our Cricut Collections or some Workshops on the Go (WOTG) kits for yourself, or as gifts, and be able to claim some lovely Christmas products, and your purchases will count towards 2 promotions!

I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Marianne Lamont's Blog.

Products used:
1388 Colonial White cardstock pack

X5760 Cotton Candy cardstock pack
S1312 Special Care
Z2173 Exclusive ink - Slate

Z2193 Exclusive ink - Cotton Candy
Z1908 Party Washi Tape - 3 pack
Z1907 Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape - 3 pack
Z1701 Baker's Twine - Neutral Assortment


Yours in craft,
Monika

Sunday, 10 November 2013

CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - November - Illuminate

Hello and welcome aboard our Australasian Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop for November. If you have arrived here from Patricia’s Blog,  Patricia Manhire, then you are in the right place. If you landed here first, the blog hop is a big circle, so please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

The SOTM for November is called Illuminate and is a beautiful collection of lamps, lights and related phrases.



I designed this card in the Cricut Craft Room (CCR) which allowed me to get all the layers to match and the little windows to line up. The inspiration for this card actually came from my DH who suggested the window and light shining through it.



I used the Sparkle and Shine paper packet for the front layer, and colonial white card for the base.
The images come from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, exclusive to Close to My Heart.

I have saved the ccr file, so if you would like a copy of it, please leave a comment and I can email it to you as a little gift from me for visiting my blog!




I love that even though this is a "Christmas" themed paper packet, it can suit many other themes as well, and the damask print on this paper is subtle but beautiful.




The Sparkle and Shine paper and many other Christmas themed items are from the Holidays with Heart Gift Guide and are available now through December 31 from your CTMH consultant whilst stocks last. Some items are in short supply so order early to avoid disappointment.

This exclusive  stamp of the month is only available during November. It can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $24 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order in my online store here.

Orders totalling over $130 between now and 31 December 2013 can choose one starred item from The Holidays with Heart gift Guide for free so it is an ideal time to get your hands on one of our Cricut Collections or some Workshops on the Go (WOTG) kits for yourself, or as gifts, and be able to claim some lovely Christmas products, and your purchases will count towards 2 promotions!

I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Noni’s blog, Live, Crop, Share.

Products used:
X7176B Sparkle and Shine paper packet
1388 Colonial White cardstock pack
S1311 Illuminate
Z2173 Exclusive ink - Slate

Z2110 Exclusive ink - Buttercup

Yours in craft,
Monika