Wednesday, 20 July 2016

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop - Last Chance Annual Inspirations 2015/2016


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Close To My Heart Australasian Blog Hop
 Last Chance Annual Inspirations
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Our Blog Hop participants are showcasing their favourite products from our Annual Inspirations (AI) Idea Book that have been available for the past year.
These products can only be purchased from our websites until the end of this month! Click HERE to shop online. 
I have chosen the Paper Fundamentals Pack, their matching Fundamentals Stickers and Assortment. The packs come in our four colour collections: Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment and Basics. The papers are all double-sided and such great value. Get them while stocks last!

This layout will suit any size photos as you can place them anywhere over the background papers. One side of these papers has an embossed pattern which you can see in my close-up photos.

All the stickers on the page, even the lettering, come from the Fundamentals Sticker pack and make the embellishing of the layout so quick and easy!
 Look at the pennant stickers. So cute! 
 Now because we had a messy time all digging into the pavlova (no-one brought cutlery!) I decided to "mess up" the page a bit with watercolour. I pressed my Honey Ink pad together to get some ink on the lid and then used my Medium Flat Waterbrush to swipe it around the pages. Then I tapped the brush on a pencil to get a little splatter effect. Yes I did this AFTER I had finished the layout! I know...living on the edge.
 When the ink was dry I stamped the journal lines from July's Stamp of the Month twice to get a longer story in, covering the gap in the middle where it wasn't perfect with more stickers. More posts on the Stamp Set HERE.

 I love how this turned out and I love these papers!
Here is another layout I did using the same pack. 


These products are while stocks last for this month only - Last Chance!

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Georgia O'Shea





Sunday, 10 July 2016

CTMH Magical Paper Pack



Today I am showing you how you can make amazing cards from your "leftovers" using the Magical Paper Pack, available until the end of August from the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book (while stocks last)!


 This is what you get for $15! The top sheet is a group of double-sided Picture My Life (PML) cards and since you get two sheets in every pack, I had some leftover. These are what I used to make my cards.

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The top left card has a mat cut from Canary Cardstock but all the rest of the paper is from the PML sheet. I cut some up, covered some words, sliced and diced and layered to make these fun cards. The two M-size birthday stamps I used are only $5 each and so useful!  Then I just embellished using whatever I had in my stash.

Here are the products I used.
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You will also find lots of gorgeous embellishments
 in our Clearance section HERE.

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Friday, 1 July 2016

From The Notebook - July 2016 CTMH SOTM Blog Hop


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 Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
From The Notebook S1607 July 2016


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This stamp set is available only during this month for $27, or for just $7.50 when you place an order of $75 or more.

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Today I am showing you two layouts of the same event. One is for my daughter's album and the other is for my son's album. This is how I scrapbook. I work on both albums at the same time so I know where I'm at.
I only used one sheet of this double-sided B&T (background & texture) paper from the Calypso Paper Pack and cut it into 3x3" squares. I then stamped the designs I would be using from the featured stamp set in Cotton Candy, Lagoon and Black Exclusive Inks. 
I chose Cotton Candy and Black Cardstock as the base pages and cut down my photos to 3x3" and 3x6". Then I just re-arranged the photos and mats until I was happy with the layouts. If you wanted bigger photos and less border around the edges, this layout would also work with 3.5" squares.

 
Then it was time to cut out my stamped images using my favourite Micro-tip scissors. Once again I just played around with the placement of all the pieces until I was happy with how it looked. CTMH really makes it so easy with matching Cardstock and Inks! I also used some of the Calypso Complements and Sequins to embellish. 
You can also get all these in the Calypso Workshop Kit.




Here are some more beautiful projects using From The Notebook Stamp of the Month


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Georgia O'Shea
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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

June SOTM The Long Way Home S1606 - CTMH Australasian Blog Hop



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Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
The Long Way Home - S1606 June 2016

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The Long Way Home S1606

Today I would like to share with you a layout I have made for my son's album featuring the June Stamp of the Month, The Long Way Home S1606. This stamp set is available only during this month for $27, or for just $7.50 when you place an order of $75 or more. 

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This page is all about finding the best route to take when riding to school so the Stamp of the Month was perfect! I used papers from my Urban WOTG Kit and most of them were leftover scraps! The Stoked stamp is from the set that comes with the kit. I didn't use a sketch for this one sorry, I just made it up as I went. Once it was all stuck down I started stamping.


First I stamped the Sun in Saffron Ink under the corner of the word Stoked. Then I stamped the winding arrow in Saffron Ink using second generation stamping straight on the page under the journal box. I stamped it again using Sapphire Ink on a scrap of Whisper cardstock, fussy cut it out and adhered it just above the other one.  Then I stamped the bike in Sapphire. 


I then stamped the scenic route image straight on the background page in Sapphire Ink and it was all finished! 

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Georgia O'Shea
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Friday, 20 May 2016

Georgie Workshop Kit - Australasian CTMH Blog Hop


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I have a few different ideas to show you today. You will see that the Stamp Set in the Georgie WOTG Kit is baby themed but I have created this double page layout featuring my dog Tasha to show you that you can use this pack for any theme. At my workshop one of my ladies used this layout for a man's birthday.

I stamped the "2 years 3 months" and "sweet" and the tiny heart with the included stamp set. I then used bows, gems and twine to embellish.

The next project was for a baby shower card and gift for my cousin.


I made the card using this month's Stamp of the Month "Celebrate With Cake", colouring the cakes with Watercolour Pencils and blending with a wet paintbrush. I then made a gift card holder as the envelope and embellished with elephants from the Assortment pack and Green Shimmer Trim. 
There are white enamel gems on the front of the card too.

 I used the "Congratulations" from Cute Koalas D1642 stamp set and the onesie on the inside of the card.

I also made a bag full of 3x3" Thank you cards using the Animal Greetings (D1679) stamp set. $7USD from the sale of each stamp set goes to Operation Smile! The parents-to-be will now have plenty of thank you cards to send out after the baby is born. Don't you just love it when everything is matching?!



Animal Greetings D1679 stamp set

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Georgia O'Shea
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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Celebrate With Cake S1605 - CTMH Australasian SOTM Blog Hop

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Celebrate With Cake
Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.

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Today I would like to share with you a layout I have made for my daughter's birthday featuring the May Stamp of the Month, Celebrate With Cake S1605. This stamp set is available only in May 2016 for $27, or for just $7.50 when you place an order of $75 or more. 

I have also used the new Calypso WYW Kit which has just been released today with our new Seasonal Expressions 2!


 To start with I stamped the 5 cake stands onto a piece of White Daisy cardstock (or Watercolour paper) 11.5" x 4". I then stamped the different cake pieces and then it was time to colour in!
I used our Watercolour Paints (which are so smooth and gorgeous to use) to colour in a combination of all the different cakes and cake stands in the set. You could also use our Exclusive Inks stamp pads and a waterbrush , ShinHan Markers or Watercolour Pencils to colour in our stamps!


I then arranged my photos and decided on the flamingo PML card to go on the right hand page. Next I just built up some clusters of vellum accents, stickers, sequins, zip strips and papers to embellish. I used the pineapple Washi Tape and the flamingo Washi Tape too! Love it!







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Georgia O'Shea
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