Sunday, 15 October 2017

Beary Christmas CTMH Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop featuring this months featured pack called  Workshops Your Way® Beary Christmas Scrapbooking Kit.

If you have arrived here from Wendy Hopper Expressions of the Heart then you are in the right place. If you landed here another way, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. Follow the links, check out all the amazing ideas and eventually you'll come right back here to where you started.

We are all creating with the Workshops Your Way® Beary Christmas Scrapbooking Kit.This kit is featured by Close to My Heart in October and is available until the end of the Seasonal Expressions Ideas Book.

Workshops Your Way® Beary Christmas

Product Description

Kit contents:
1 – Beary Christmas Complements (X7225C)
6 – cardstock sheets (2 Cranberry, 1 Fern, 3 White Daisy)
1 – Beary Christmas Dots (Z4038)
1 – Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799)
Beary Christmas is such a sweet Christmas set and the matching Beary Christmas Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts is the cutest!! I was excited to hear that these cute animals are especially designed with Australia in mind - they don't have scarves on! 


A work colleague commissioned me to make some Mumma Bear cards for his mum and I really loved making this one. Colouring in with the ShinHan Markers on the Thin Cuts was fun. 


The card below I used the Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border with the new Gold Foil Paper and then the Merry Everything stamp set. 


The below card was made at our consultant Launch of the Seasonal Expressions Catalogue. The glittery cheer comes from the Silver & Gold ComplementsI really love the way it shows the new style double sided cardstock. 

Remember Workshops Your Way® Beary Christmas Scrapbooking Kit is only available for a limited time. Go to my website www.vandra.closetomyheart.com.au or your consultants website and order today. 

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest projects. I'm really interested to hear what you think about it, so I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop this month on on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Shaunna Richards Passionate About Pages.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Christmas Tunes Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop S1710


Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. We have all been creating with the "Christmas Tunes—October Stamp of the Month" Stamp set. If you have arrived here from Doris Taylor - Creative Inspirations then you are in the right place. If you landed here another way, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. Follow the links, check out all the amazing ideas and eventually you'll come right back here to where you started. 

Today I would like to share with you my project which features the Christmas Tunes—October Stamp of the Month available exclusively throughout October 2017 for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75. 

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This is clearly your 2017 go to Christmas Stamp set for all your Christmas Cards! I am away for a few days with my kids on School Holidays so I brought a Workshop your Way, some White cards and envelopes, a few basic ink colours, a few acrylic blocks and some adhesives. I am pretty happy with the Christmas cards I made with these limitations. 

The first thing I did was get some Christmas colours out - red and green (Willow Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad and Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad) NB: the Ruby pictured below is in the old format and no longer comes like this. 

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Then I stamped the pretty wreath in Willow Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad and the Title Banner in Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad on White Daisy Cardstock.

I have the Workshops Your Way® Silver & Gold Scrapbooking Kit and firstly cut out all the pieces to make the pages and cards and had one of the card bases for Project 6 in the cutting guide. I usually make up my cards out of the "scraps" from the kits after making all the projects. But the project 6 makes 3 cards so I used the base and made my card below. You can find the instructions for all the kits on my website www.vandra.closetomyheart.com.au or on your consultants website, with specific instruction guide is with the Silver & Gold Workshops your Way kit. 

This kit is one of my favourites because so much of it isn't christmassy.  Almost ALL of the papers can be used for non-christmas pages and cards. Anyway I had the card base for Project 6 and I used it for the card I made below. 

To make the shimmer paper backing (as I didn't have my glitter paper stash with me), I did have the Black Shimmer Trim and Gold Shimmer Trim (the gold comes in the kit) and I used a larger piece of White daisy card stock (half inch wider) and covered the edges in Black Shimmer Trim. I matted the Wreath on top with 3-D Foam Tape and then the larger glitter on the bottom with Thin 3-D Foam Tape. To give it extra dimension. I do love where the "I Love Christmas" on the paper came out on the card. 


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Next I used one of the Reindeer Zip Stips to edge the bottom of the card below. I stamped with Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad the Merry & Bright bauble onto one of the Picture My Life cards from the kit. Then I matted it with the dark side of the Pewter Cardstock that came inside the Workshop your way kit with Tombow® Permanent Adhesive. A very basic card but I'm happy with how it turned out. I really like grey as a Christmas neutral colour!

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Last month I made some cards using the Gold Foil Hearts from this kit to make the "You're in my Heart" card with the special National Stamping Day Special Stamp set, for a consultant swap and as sympathy cards for sale (see below). Using Gold Shimmer Trim and Bashful Pearls.  

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 I loved how this turned out and I still had some of this lovely gold foil hearts paper cut to size and so I decided to use that same pattern to make a Christmas Tree card. I stamped in Willow Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad and used Gold Shimmer Trim and Gold Glitter Gems from the kit to spruce up the card. 

This is a great card to use some of the beautiful foil heart paper but only 1-2 inches at a time (1.5 or 1.75 I think) x 4.25 inches... getting lots of cards out of one stunning paper sheet. 

Please note: I found photographing the gold foil difficult both times I took pics of it (above last month and below today), so I do apologise for the quality of the photos. I hope you still get the gist of what I made.  

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Remember this great stamp set Christmas Tunes—October Stamp of the Month is only available throughout October from my website or from your Close to My Heart Consultant

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project idea. I'm really interested to hear what you think about them, so I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop which is 
I hope you leave a lovely comment on all the blog posts and come back around to mine. See you again soon.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Cats and Bats and Falling For You CTMH Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop featuring this months featured packs...yes you read that correctly there are TWO packs this month. We are focusing on Workshops Your Way® Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Kit and Workshops Your Way® Falling for You Scrapbooking Kit.

If you have arrived here from Rachel Stribling - Creative Workshops By Rachel Stribling then you are in the right place. If you landed here another way, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. Follow the links, check out all the amazing ideas and eventually you'll come right back here to where you started.

We are all creating with the Cats and Bats and Falling for you, These two kits are featured by Close to My Heart in September and is available until the end of the current Seasonal Expressions Ideas Book.
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I've used elements from both packs in my card projects in today's blog. I really love the black shimmer elements from the Cats & Bats Complements
OKAY I LOVE ANYTHING WITH SHIMMER ON IT!!

I plan to use most of these complements for my kids album pages that have NOTHING to do with Halloween. I love that a lot of the papers (almost ALL) are designed in this set to be useful for so many other projects other than simply just Halloween. There is only 1 paper sheet that is clearly ONLY Halloween the rest can but used in any project! I LOVE THEM!


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This photo above is all the shimmery elements I love! Its hard to capture the shimmery beautifulness that is these complements. I've zoomed in as best I can to capture some of it. 

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There were a few elements that are typical Halloween elements and I think the cute little owl that has the origami shape is a great birthday owl. It could be a good card for a male or female. 

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This was my first card with the have a Hoot - the alphabet is from Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (physical cartridge) pack. White Daisy Cardstock for the title and White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack for all the cards I made. I used Black Memento™ Ink Pad for all the black stamping in these projects. 


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Then using some of the paper from both Cats & Bats and Falling for You I made this card with the  Feel So Blessed—September Stamp of the MonthThis is a lovely stamp set full of thanks and gratitude and is only available to purchase in September (You can get it for only $7.50 with eligible purchase). The orange check paper from Cats & Bats goes well with the flowers and spots of the Falling for You papers. The Quote in the middle was stamped with Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadThe "love this" heart is stuck on with 3-D Foam Dots.


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Then I did a final simple thank you card. I've been looking for more multi-gender versions of my thank you cards because often I do them with flowers and hearts and I definitely require more masculine or 'suitable for anyone' thank yous. The black and white stripe paper is from the Cats and Bats and the spots are from Falling for You. The Thanks is stamped in Black Memento™ Ink Pad directly onto the paper and the "for everything" was stamped on White Daisy Cardstock and cut out and suck on with Thin 3-D Foam Tape for a little dimension. The star from the Cats and Bats was stuck on with Tombow® Permanent Adhesive (as well as the owl) because it is easily adhered around thin edges. 

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Simple, basic, elegant with the black and white stripes. Easily replicatable and simple for beginners. 

Remember Workshops Your Way® Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Kit and Workshops Your Way® Falling for You Scrapbooking Kits are only available for a limited time. They are both lovely and I had to have them BOTH. 
Go to my website www.vandra.closetomyheart.com.au or your consultants website and order today. 

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest projects. I'm really interested to hear what you think about them, so I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop this month on on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Wendy Hopper - Expressions of the Heart.





Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Jack Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop featuring this months featured pack called  Workshops Your Way® Jack Scrapbooking Kit.



If you have arrived here from Nell Ward then you are in the right place. If you landed here another way, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. Follow the links, check out all the amazing ideas and eventually you'll come right back here to where you started.




We are all creating with the Workshops Your Way® Jack Scrapbooking Kit This kit is featured by Close to My Heart in August and is available until the end of the Seasonal Expressions Ideas Book just 2 more weeks!!! 

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Workshops Your Way® Jack Scrapbooking Kit

Product Description

Kit contents:
1 – Jack Paper Packet (X7222B)
1 – Jack Complements (X7222C)
4 – cardstock sheets (1 Juniper, 2 Whisper, 1 White Daisy)
1 – Black & White Dots (Z3314)
1 – Whisper Thick Twine (Z3095)

Use the materials in this kit and the online instructions to create three coordinating scrapbook layouts and a number of cards.

For my first project I used a layout from the Make It from Your Heart™ Volume 2 How-to Book. The books are great because they give the cutting guides and a sample or 2 of each page layout (This one had 2 samples). There is a new Make it from your Heart Volume -Make It from Your Heart™ Volume 3.

This one was great for scraps and leftovers using lots of 1.5 inch and half inch strips. 
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 You'll see I was a bit short on one of the strips (with the faces) but I knew I was placing a big photo section there so I knew it wouldn't matter. 

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 See - covered up and it doesn't matter that there was a small gap underneath :) 

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I made this page at our camp and left my Jack Complements at home so I didn't get to embellish it yet, I nearly drove home from camp to get them. Also thinking of adding extra photo wells. I am thinking it is perfect for photos of our Scout Camps. 

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This layout above, came from the Creative Insider (You can get this from your consultant usually on purchase of Jack or at a class or workshop). I flipped the paper over from the tree paper on the creative insider because I thought the "little man" title seemed more ideal with the men on the paper. 

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I really love the tree tamps from the Jack Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin CutsThe trees go so great with the overlapping colours. 

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After I did the pages I decided to make a card with the trees plus the Tree stamp and Tree paper. Plus Black Shimmer Trim and Black & White DotsI raised the white banner with 3-D Foam Tape

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The last card (below) I want to show is made by my friend and sister consultant Alicia Lawrence. We did a swap of some cards we each made. I wanted to show it in this one because it was a "girly" card made with the masculine papers. 
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Remember Workshops Your Way® Jack Scrapbooking Kit is only available for a limited time TWO WEEKS LEFT!! (I'm panicking). Go to my website www.vandra.closetomyheart.com.au or your consultants website and order today. 

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest projects. I'm really interested to hear what you think about it, so I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop out of 10 bloggers this month on on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Lara Moss.