Thursday, 1 February 2018

S1802 Sunny Thoughts Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop




Hello and welcome to our February 2018 
Stamp of the Month blog hop.
This is a circular hop. If you arrived here from
you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link at the end to take you to the next Consultant's great idea.
Don't forget to Pin any of your favourite ideas to Pinterest to save for later!
Each blog will showcase projects using the stamp set S1802 Sunny Thoughts.
This stamp set is available this month only for $27, or buy it for $7.50 when you purchase $75 or more from your Consultant.

S1802 Sunny Thoughts

I wanted to make a single page layout for a one-off photo from my daughter's daycare. This is definitely out of my comfort zone as I normally like to put lots of photos on my pages.
I chose our new Make Waves papers as the colours are perfect! The first thing I did was choose two cut-apart cards. I attached the one with the "This is a girl..." quote onto the other one on an angle to show off the flowers. At this stage I didn't have a plan, I just liked the look! I chose the background paper and then stamped the leaves in Lagoon ink along a white 1/2" x12" strip.
Next I stamped on white card "You are the Sunshine in my pocket" in Lagoon ink. I then used a dauber to ink the flowers in the stamp above with Pansy Ink and the leaves with Lagoon and stamped it on both sides. I then cut the white card down and daubed the edges with Pansy. 
At this stage I lay all these pieces on the purple base page and just played with the layout until I ended up with this arrangement.


I decided it needed a contrasting coloured circle behind the photo instead of a traditional rectangle mat and chose this gorgeous ombre sheet. After sticking everything down I stamped the lagoon leaf under the photo. Then I stamped a couple of flowers, fussy cut them and attached them with foam tape. After sticking down the "Sunshine" mat with foam tape, I added the little dovetails of shimmer trim, white sequins, clear sparkles and bittly sparkles from my stash of embellishments. I really love what I've created and don't even mind that there's only one photo on the page!


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Georgia O'Shea

Monday, 1 January 2018

S1801 Bloom & Grow Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop



Hello and welcome to our S1801 Bloom & Grow
 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop
This is a circular hop.  If you arrived here from 
you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end. Don't forget to Pin any ideas to Pinterest to save for later!  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the January SOTM Bloom and GrowThis stamp set is available during this month only, for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more.
S1701 Bloom and Grow

I have created this layout using the new Chelsea Gardens paper pack (X7230B), Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking stamp set (D1760) and Bloom and Grow stamp set. I also used a retired Alphabet stamp set for "Nana's 70th".



The layout pattern is from Make It From Your Heart Vol 1 - page 20.
I made a couple of adjustments to allow extra width for my landscape photo instead of the portrait photo in the book.
I stamped the two card embellishments using pear ink and then used my waterbrush to add colour to the tiny leaves. I stamped the sentiments in Heather ink and then matted them on Heather cardstock.
The "Wonderful" title, flower and leaves are all stamped from the Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking stamp set.



Chelsea Gardens paper pack X7230B

Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking Stamp set D1760
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Georgia O'Shea

Friday, 15 December 2017

Basics Fundamentals CTMH Australasian Blog Hop


Hello and welcome aboard our Basics Fundamentals
CTMH Australasian Blog Hop


This is a circular hop. If you arrived here from
Doris Taylor - Creative Inspirations
then you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link at the end to hop to the next blog. Don't forget to Pin any ideas to Pinterest to save for later! Keep reading and "hopping" until you find yourself back where you started from. Each blog will showcase a project featuring the
 Basics Fundamentals Paper Pack and coordinating products. 

I made this scrapbooking layout for my Son's album, taking the idea from a CTMH design and changing up the colours to suit. I used Crystal Blue cardstock for the photo mats and scalloped edge. The paw prints are from the background stamp "Paws" (only $4.50!) and using Espresso Ink.
I stamped "So" onto a circle of white cardstock and the word "little" is from my stash of Complements.


When I finished my pages I had an idea to make a birthday card using the Paws stamp and the Punny Pals stamp set, which is our Operation Smile fundraising set. I used the Dog and the Yappy Birthday sentiment.
First I adhered the two 3/4" x 5.5" strips down the outside edges. I stamped the paws with Espresso Ink on a 3" x 5.5" linen piece and stuck that down next. Then I stamped the dog and sentiment onto a 2" square and coloured it with my finest waterbrush and the watercolour pencils pictured.


I used 3D foam tape to adhere the square onto a darker piece of 2.5 x 2.75 paper, then stuck this onto the card. I then used glue dots to adhere the ribbons. The one on the left is from Basics Fundamentals Ribbon pack and the other is from my stash. The last thing I did was use our Gold Shimmer Brush to colour the dog's collar and draw a line freehand down the edge of the paws-stamped piece.

I love how this card turned out! 







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Georgia O'Shea

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Prickly Pear CTMH Australasian Blog Hop



Hello and welcome aboard our Prickly Pear Australasian Blog Hop.
This is a circular hop. If you arrived here from
then you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link at the end to hop to the next blog. Don't forget to Pin any ideas to Pinterest to save for later! Keep reading and "hopping" until you find yourself back where you started from. Each blog will showcase a project featuring


Look what you can do with your scraps and zip strips!
First I chose to cover the front of a White Daisy Value Pack card with Seaglass Cardstock before cutting out a circle. I then used Zip Strips from the paper pack and 1/4" wide strips of coordinating cardstock (Emerald, Sapphire and Sorbet) to adhere to the circle. 
I turned it over and trimmed the excess off with scissors, just like I did in my last blog post for the scrapbooking layout below, and adhered it to the inside of the card. I used another zip strip, some Prickly Pear Complements stickers and sequins to embellish. The border inside I drew with my journaling pen.

These next card follows a similar design using the Hearts Thin Cuts and the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder using Lemon cardstock on the front.



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Georgia O'Shea



Sunday, 9 July 2017

Prickly Pear Scrapbooking Layout - Family Time

Prickly Pear Scrapbooking Layout - Family Time

at my scrapbooking workshops. 
This page in the Idea Book was my inspiration for my layout. I wasn't too excited by the cactus paper in this pack but all the other bright papers are really nice! 
To start you need to cut a circle from any cardstock or light coloured paper to use as the background. I left a tiny gap between the stripes so you will see the background. I used a dinner plate to trace around and cut out the circle.
Cut 1"x12" strips from your patterned papers. I used two from each of these four designs. 
Cut 1/2" strips from co-ordinating cardstock. I cut two each from Sorbet, Sapphire and Emerald. Lay the strips out in the order you are happy with and starting at the top of your circle, adhere the first strip. I used the Bonding Memories Broad Tip Glue Pen and saved half of this first strip to use at the bottom of the circle. If your circle is smaller you won't use as many strips.
Continue to adhere the strips, leaving a small gap between each piece if you wish. When finished, turn over and cut around the circle to remove the excess. 
My circle was 11.25" in diameter so I found the halfway point with my ruler and marked where to cut. I used my SureCut Paper Trimmer to cut down the middle and adhered each half to my base pages.
I cut photo mats from Sapphire Cardstock. The left side has a 5x7", 4x4" and 2.75x4" journal mat. The right side has two 4x4" and two 4x6" mat. The white journal box is 2.5x3.75".
Next I used a few of the offcuts to make a little dovetail collection for the corner of the page and drew a border by hand with my Journaling Pen around the entire border and the journal box.
I stamped the title using the Prickly Pear Scrapbooking stamp set. I stamped Family in Emerald Ink,  Time in Sorbet and Is the best time in Emerald again. Finally I added a few hearts and flower stickers from the Complements pack.

Here's another look at the layout to save you scrolling back to the top!
You will find all the co-ordinating products in our current Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book, which is only available until the end of August. 
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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Hello Foxy S1706 Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to the
Hello Foxy S1706 Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.
This is a circular hop.  If you arrived here from 
Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom 
you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end. Don't forget to Pin any ideas to Pinterest to save for later!  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Hello Foxy SOTM S1706.
It seems I've been colouring a lot lately. On my cards and scrapbook layouts. I just love the endless possibilities with colour whether I choose Watercolour Pencils, Paints, ShinHan Markers or Exclusive Inks Stamp pads. I've mixed it up with this card, using pencils to lightly shade the "grass" and colour the playful foxes and ShinHans for the flowers. I also cut the HELLO LOVE stamp in half so I could just use the HELLO by itself.



The marker colours I used were Vivid Green, Golden Yellow and Carmine. The cardstock colour is Willow. 


I also made a border for a page layout using the wreath along the top of the border like I did with the card. This time I coloured with Peony Purple instead of the Carmine, which matched the Little Dreamer paper I used perfectly.


I used our Love Thin Cuts to cut out a 4x6" mat and drew a border freehand in Vivid Green. I love this kid!

Here are more card designs from CTMH.

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Lauren Moore - CTMH Craftings

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Georgia O'Shea

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Live Beautifully NSM Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to the CTMH Live Beautifully Blog Hop. 
 
This is a circular hop.  If you arrived here from  Chris Woodward- Woodies-Creations you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end. Don't forget to Pin any ideas to Pinterest to save for later!  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Live Beautifully, National Scrapbooking Month collection.


This stunning Paper Pack, Cut Above Kit and Stamp Set are only available this month and then they are gone for good!
 The Live Beautifully Paper Pack is $23

The Live Beautifully Stamp Set is $27

The Cut Above Kit and Album Bundle are also available and you can check them out on your CTMH Consultant's website or use my link at the end of this post.

This month I would like to showcase these cards I have made. The floral paper is stunning and the gorgeous flowers on this stamp can be coloured in so many ways for a totally different look each time!


For this card I stamped a piece of black cardstock with White Daisy pigment ink. Once it was dry I use a pink Watercolour Pencil to colour each petal. I shaded from the bottom areas of each petal gradually, leaving the tops white. I love how this one turned out.


The next card was really quick and easy to do, showcasing this beautiful paper. I added the green ribbon from the Enchantment Ribbon Pack, a little dovetailed sentiment adhered with foam tape and some Gold Glitter Gems.

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Thanks for looking!
Georgia O'Shea