Wednesday, 20 July 2016

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

Hello and welcome to the
Close To My Heart Australasian Blog Hop
 Last Chance Annual Inspirations
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then you are in the right place. Just click the link at the bottom of this post and you will hop over to the next blog. Don't forget to pin or save any ideas you like!
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 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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  I would love you to leave a comment before hopping along to see the next great idea:
Thanks for looking!

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.

Thanks for looking!
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Friday, 1 July 2016

From The Notebook - July 2016 CTMH SOTM Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard the Close To My Heart
 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

I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to see the next great idea:

Thanks for looking!

Georgia O'Shea
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