Monday, 1 September 2014

CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - September 2014 - Family is Forever

Hello and welcome aboard our Close to My Heart Australasian Stamp of the month Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Margaret's Blog, Stamps n' Cards, 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 a couple of special projects that feature the September Stamp of the Month - Family is Forever, available exclusively throughout September for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

The tree image is very prominent on this stamp set, and further down a share a little project I made at my recent craft retreat, making it into a 3 dimensional tree. I thought many consultants would use the tree in their projects, so I wanted to do something a little different with other components of the set.

But first, my card features two of the sentiments "mashed" together, and the die cut heart from the Artiste Cricut cartridge.

I inked only the is Forever from the Family is Forever sentiment, by masking off the first word while I inked up the rest with Slate ink, then removed the mask and stamped near the bottom right corner. I then inked up the Love with Pixie ink, and "rock and rolled" the edges in Cotton Candy ink to get the two-tone effect.
The die cut hearts were stamped one each with Pixie and Cotton Candy and mounted with foam tape. I really love this new Pixie colour, it is a lovely soft pink and goes great with Cotton Candy. I thought the card needed a touch more Slate to balance it out, so I took the cluster of 3 small hearts and stamped it in the top left corner. Then I rounded the two opposite corners of the White Daisy card to give it a different shape.

Are you ready for my 3D project?
The craft retreat is run by a dear friend of mine in mid August, and this is the third time it has run here in QLD (she also runs one in March in NSW). Each year, she gives us a "challenge" item at the start of camp, that we have to do something crafty with, and on the Sunday morning, each camper gets to vote on their favourite entry. For some very strange reason, my creation seemed to be a favourite :-)
The challenge item was the golf tee, that I have coloured green with our Shinhan alcohol markers, and attached some branches, turning it into a tee tree :-) I made a little open fire, using rolled brown cardstock (well, orange, actually, sponged with Chocolate ink) and the flames are Orange Fruit burst wrappers - gotta use what you have, right?
After that, the tent, the billy, the logs and the 3D Family tree came together quite quickly. I also used a stamp from the Timberline WOTG kit to put the tyre tracks onto the background stamped green cardstock base. It was great fun to make, and as we love to camp and 4WD, its a great representation of our family as well.
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen this project "staged" with a gummy bear, a lolly snake and a little lolly man sitting on the log watching the fire, There was also a caption that read - Welcome to the Australian Bush. Please look out for Drop Bears and Hoop Snakes. 

S1409 Family is Forever is only available until 30 September 2014 from your CTMH consultant.

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

Yours in Craft,


  1. Love the masking technique to create a clever little card- and your campsite is adorable!

  2. Love both your projects. Your 3 D one would have been fun to make and opens up possibilities for us to help kids with school products - is that a good thing ? lol.

  3. Your 3D project would be perfect for kid's school projects!

  4. Love the 3D project, would be awesome for my kids Scouting activities :)

  5. Great projects, and 3D fun, let your imagination run wild. My granddaughter would love helping with this.

  6. great ideas Monika. your campsite is so cute - what a lot of work and creativity!


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