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CTMH Australasian Comfort and Joy Blog Hop

CTMH Australasian Comfort and Joy Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Comfort and Joy Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Lauren More 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 some creations which features Close To My Heart’s Featured collection – Comfort and Joy.

Christmas Card #1

My first card is a Christmas card that I created for the CTMH card swap group for September that I’m apart of. The brief was to use embossing and a thin cut.

I used a snowflake embossing folder on the white daisy card stock and used one of the new colours Scarlet underneath.

I used circle thin cuts in 3 different sizes to create the Christmas tree however I needed a really small circle too.

After trying different things, I found in the number thin cuts that there was a small circle that was to use as a dot however it worked well for what I needed.

To finish off the card, I cut a star out using the Cricut and stamped my sentiments in Evergreeen and sponged it around the edge.

Christmas Card #2

Also with the card swap group, I received a Pop up Cube Card as one of the cards for our fathers day cards.

I though this was so cool, that I had to recreate it and what was great is that it folds flat for easy posting.

I found an example on Pinterest for follow and this size fits our standard envelopes.

Below are 2 cards I created using Comfort and Joy paper and sticker sheet.

Below are the measures that I used

  • One card base strip cut at 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Two card base strips cut at 1 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
  • Then score all the strips at 1 3/4″, 3 1/2″, 5 1/4″ and 7″
  • The B&T papers are cut at 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ and you need 6 of these
  • Then decorate as you like however make sure that you stay with in the card or it will not fit in your envelope

Scrapbook Layout

For my scrapbook layout, I used the creative insider for Comfort and Joy however I used different paper and embellishments.

I added a mini envelope to my page using the mini envelope thin cut and the Santa is from jolly characters stamp set. I just thought they look so cute I had to use them somewhere.

Process Video….

Check out my video here or on YouTube as I show you how I created Christmas Card #2 – Pop Up Cube Card. (Be sure to hit Subscribe while you’re over there to see future videos)

This exclusive Comfort and Joy  is only available until 31 October 2020 (or until stocks last).

  • It can be yours for just $18
  • Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH Maker.
Examples of CTMH Original Artwork

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order HERE

Before I go….

I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects for CTMH Australasian Comfort and Joy Blog Hop.

I’d love you to let me know what crafty projects your plan to create with this paper collection so feel free to leave me a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations.

Please don’t forget to add a little sparkle to your day!

Kimmy

Gnome Matter | How to Create a Handmade Card

Gnome Matter | How to Create a Handmade Card

Today, it’s all about this cute stamp set and it’s called Gnome Matter and I am sharing a handmade card.

I have been having so much fun “playing” with this stamp set and you can’t tell me that you don’t think he’s adorable too 😉

I have always loved garden gnomes so when Close To My Heart had this in the catalogue, I knew it would be one of the first stamps that I buy.

It’s available on my website until 31 August 2020 or until stock last.

However if you love it as much as I do then you better be quick and orders yours in case it sells out.

Home Sweet Gnome….

I have created a few things with this stamp set as it works on a handmade card or a scrapbook layout.

I created this card to send to a fellow consultant that has just bought a new house and I thought it would be a lovely card to send to her.

How To:

Using my Cricut Maker, I cut out the oval shape and the mushroom house and I used my Spectrum Noir TriBlend™ Markers to colour in the flowers, gnome and the hedgehog.

If you wish, you could colour in the gnome using water colour paints or pencils as these stamps are just screaming to be coloured in.

Another craft I enjoy is adult colouring. So having the ability to colour in some stamps is great because I get to combine my crafts.

To add some glittery effect to the gnome’s beard, I used the clear shimmer brush and don’t you think it adds something special to him.

I also used some 3D foam tape to add some dimension to the card.

Below are 2 scrapbook pages I created using this stamp set and as you can see it works quite well on a layout too.

Process Video….

Check out my video here or on YouTube as I show you step by step complete this handmade card. (Be sure to hit Subscribe while you’re over there to see future videos)

https://youtu.be/MgtzWUnGAHA

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my handmade card Gnome Matter and I hope you enjoyed seeing this.

I’d love to hear if what you have completed with this stamp set too, so feel free to leave me a comment.

If you don’t have an Australian Close to My Heart Consultant please contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE.

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Please don’t forget to add a little sparkle to your day!

Kimmy

Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

CTMH August 2020 Stamp of the Month | Floral Celebration Blog Hop

CTMH August 2020 Stamp of the Month | Floral Celebration Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring August SOTM, Floral Celebration

If you have arrived here from Lauren’s Blog 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.

Flowers, Stamps and Inks! Oh My….

Today I would like to share with you some handmade cards which features Close To My Heart’s August Stamp of the Month.

Isn’t this card fun? I found the design on Pinterest and I just knew I had to give it a go using Floral Celebration.

It is called Peekaboo Pullback or Collar Fold Card. It looks quite tricky however it’s very easy to assemble.

For my card I decided to used both Summer Vibes and Mix in Paper collections to complete these,

however this could be recreated in just about any paper you could think of.

The Instructions….

The piece I used for the Peekaboo Fold measures 4″ x 5 1/4″ and I like to use the pre-made card bases to create my cards.

To find the middle so you can create the fold is pretty simple maths…LOL

Half of 4″ is 2″ so you will go 2″ up and half of 5 1/4″ is 2 5/8″ so using those measurements I was able to find the middle.

Once you have cut that paper, fold over the flaps to create the Peekabook effect and as you can see this can be used in a number of different papers.

I used the flowers, leaves and sentiments from the August Stamp of the Month to complete my card.

On this card, I used clear shimmer brush, gold shimmer brush and gold stickles to add some sparkle to the flower and card itself.

This is the card that I show how to create in my YouTube video and I used Bitty Sparkles on the card to add a bit of “Something Something”.

I featured the flower from the stamp set however if you wanted a masculine card, you could add a car or the paper folded shirt I showed in a previous post.

Process Video….

Check out my video here or on YouTube as I show you create this card using Floral Celebration stamps. (Be sure to hit Subscribe while you’re over there to see future videos)

Details on how to order yours…

The Floral Celebration stamp set is only available during August.

It can be yours for just $9 with a qualifying order of $80 or for $34 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a Close To My Heart Consultant please contact me or place an order here.

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out this stamp set. 😉

Until next time…

I’d love to hear what you have created with this stamp set too, so feel free to leave me a comment before heading off to the next stop, Maz Wood’s Blog

I also want to invite you to sign up to my monthly newsletter. By signing up (it’s free) you’ll receive a link to a free PDF scrapbook layout.

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Please don’t forget to add a little sparkle to your day!

Kimmy

Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

Thrifty Thursday #2

Thrifty Thursday #2

Welcome to Thrifty Thursday #2, the next instalment.

In this instalment I show you how to use up scraps that they have lying around again.

I created a handmade card using 1/2″ strips of paper and I am using up the remainder of Stitched Together paper pack.

The 1/2″ strips can be assembled in many different directions. Like horizontal, vertical or even mix up the strips so they do diagonally in all different directions.

If you missed my first post in this series, please check it out here.

Check out my video here or on YouTube as I show you how to be thrifty. (Be sure to hit Subscribe while you’re over there to see future videos)

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my Thrifty Thursday #2 instalment and I hope you enjoyed seeing this handmade card.

I’d love to hear if you have tried this too, so feel free to leave me a comment.

If you don’t have an Australian Close to My Heart Consultant please contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE.

Before I go..

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Please don’t forget to add a little sparkle to your day!

Kimmy

Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

Quick and Simple Watercolour Handmade Card |Tutorial

Quick and Simple Watercolour Handmade Card |Tutorial

How would you like a Quick and Simple watercolour handmade card to send to a loved one?

Well, I can help you with that.

This technique was shown to me by another Close To My Heart consultant and I thought I have to share this!

Here’s the Technique….

I used a piece of cold press watercolour paper to do this and I picked 2 different watercolour paints.

For my card, I used dark green and orange paints and the process is easy.

Wet the green paint and paint it onto the watercolour paper in a diagonal direction.

Then wet the orange paint and paint from the other side to meet in the middle of the green and blend them together.

Using the Sentiments by Melissa Esplin Stamp set, I added my “happy birthday” sentiment.

I, then embellished the handmade card with Silver Glitter Gems to add a bit of “something something”.

Check out my video here or on YouTube as I show you step by step how to complete this handmade card. (Be sure to hit Subscribe while you’re over there to see future videos)

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out this quick and simple watercolour handmade card and I hope you enjoyed seeing this.

I’d love to hear if you plan to complete this card, so feel free to leave me a comment.

If you don’t have an Australian Close to My Heart Consultant please contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE.

I want to invite you to sign up to my monthly newsletter. By signing up (it’s free) you’ll receive a link to a free PDF scrapbook layout.

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Please don’t forget to add a little sparkle to your day!

Kimmy

Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

Fun Fabulous Folding Handmade Card

Fun Fabulous Folding Handmade Card

This fun fabulous folding handmade card is so much fun. It gives your receiver so much delight because there is a surprise waiting for them that they may not realise is there.

This handmade card can be created in so many different ways and it’s not limited to a flower. You could use any image on the front.

This card design was created by another CTMH consultant and her Facebook page is here.

My Guide To Fun….

You will need…

  • Piece of B&T paper cut at 5 1/2″ x 12″
    • Score the paper at 1 3/4″, 4 3/4″ and 7 3/4″
  • White Daisy card stock cut at 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Co-ordinating card stock cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Sentiment of your choice
  • Image of your choice

Once you have all your pieces, it’s now time to create some fun.

Folding the card is easy because you fold it using the “Valley”, “Mountain”, “Valley” method.

In my card, I used a “Happy Birthday” sentiment as this card will be going to a family member whose birthday is coming up.

The Visual Instructions!

Check out my video here or on YouTube as I show you how to put the card together. (Be sure to hit Subscribe while you’re over there to see future videos)

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out this fun fabulous folding handmade card and I hope you enjoyed seeing this card.

I’d love to hear if you have created this, so feel free to leave me a comment.

If you don’t have an Australian Close to My Heart Consultant please contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE.

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Please don’t forget to add a little sparkle to your day!

Kimmy

Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

Sweet Handmade Card | ft: Sweet Hummingbird | Tutorial

Sweet Handmade Card | ft: Sweet Hummingbird | Tutorial

Using watercolour pencils to colour in the Hummingbird and flowers, I created this sweet handmade card.

I am loving this stamp set and you can colour it using a variety of mediums:- for example.

  1. Watercolour pencils,
  2. Watercolours paints,
  3. Markers or
  4. Using ink.

This pattern is from CTMH Make It From Your Heart Volume 4 book. The idea books that Close To My Heart offer are really useful to gain inspiration and ideas at the tip of your fingers.

Please check out my previous post as I create a scrapbook layout using the same Sweet Hummingbird stamp set.

Check out my video here or on YouTube as I show you step by step how to create this sweet card. (Be sure to hit Subscribe while you’re over there to see future videos)

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my sweet handmade card and I hope you enjoyed seeing this handmade card.

I’d love to hear what you have created with this stamp set, so feel free to leave me a comment.

If you don’t have an Australian Close to My Heart Consultant please contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE.

Before I go…

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Please don’t forget to add a little sparkle to your day!

Kimmy

Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

Handmade Birthday Card | Stitched Together Paper Collection | Tutorial

Handmade Birthday Card | Stitched Together Paper Collection | Tutorial

Today I am sharing how to create a handmade birthday card using Stitched Together Paper.

This card is very quick to put together as you are using different size strips of paper.

Quick and Easy…

Your strips are cut at

  • 2″ x 4 1/4″
  • 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • 1/2″ x 4 1/4″

Once you have cut them out, glue down the 2″ strip first and then glue down 3/4″ strip,

Before gluing down the 1/2″strip, add some ribbon for added texture.

I used our Gold and White ribbon. The knot is tied and glued on separately.

Now that you have added all your paper, it’s time to add your sentiment. Here I have used the May 2020 stamp of the month.

Process Video…

Check out my video here or on YouTube as I show you step by step how to create this handmade card. (Be sure to hit Subscribe while you’re over there to see future videos)

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my handmade birthday card and I hope you enjoyed seeing it.

I’d love to hear what you have created using Stitched Together papers, so feel free to leave me a comment.

If you don’t have an Australian Close to My Heart Consultant please contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE.

Before I go…

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Please don’t forget to add a little sparkle to your day!

Kimmy

Handmade Card Tutorial | Ft: Aurora Paper Collection

Handmade Card Tutorial | Ft: Aurora Paper Collection

Here I have a handmade card tutorial using Aurora paper collection.

In my previous post where created an Outdoor Scrapbook layout, I used the same paper and splatter technique.

This card uses the same splatter technique which I used in my scrapbook layout and I stamped the sentiment using the Rock and Roll stamping technique.

The “Explore More, Worry Less” sentiment I used is from the Aurora Scrapbooking Stamp and Thin Cuts set.

It’s only available until 30 June 2020 or until stocks last.

Get more bang for your buck…

The diamond thin cut that comes with this set can also be used without using the stamps because of its shape.

You can create lots of different diamonds in contrasting B&T paper to give you an completely new and different effect by using the thin cut for it diamond shape.

Check out my video here or on YouTube as I show you how I put this card together. (Be sure to hit Subscribe while you’re over there to see future videos)

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out this handmade card tutorial and I hope you enjoyed seeing this card.

I’d love to hear if you have created any cards using the Aurora paper, so feel free to leave me a comment.

If you don’t have an Australian Close to My Heart Consultant please contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE.

Before I go,

I want to invite you to sign up to my monthly newsletter. By signing up (it’s free) you’ll receive a link to a free PDF scrapbook layout.

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Please don’t forget to add a little sparkle to your day!

Kimmy

Close To My Heart Independent Consultant