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Saturday, 30 August 2014

CTMH Christmas Card

Here's a very simple Christmas card I whipped up last night, using Close to My Heart products from the new 2014-15 catalogue. 

I've used a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 card base from Kaisercraft - I have just finished making cards with this pack and I love the colour - almost Kraft, and great for men's cards. 

Repeatedly stamp the label from Holiday Labels/Occasions down the left hand side.  Ink one in New England Ivy with the Cranberry message, and cut out. 

Adhere the Dark Chocolate stripey ribbon onto the card with Glue Lines, and glue the edges with wet glue to prevent fraying. 

Cut a scalloped edge with the Fiskars Threading Water punch and adhere on the bottom of the ribbon. 

Stamp the holly from the Sing Glory Hostess set, and cut out.  Apply the label greeting onto the card with 3D pop dots, and then adhere the holly with wet glue onto the ribbon. 

Add some Candy Cane Stickles around the edge of the label and as tiny dots to represent the berries on the holly.  Go ahead and fill in the round spaces of the scalloped edge border die cut. 

Stand back and admire! I think this card would be particularly suitable for men, or for people who like clean and simple designs. 


Close to my Heart stamp sets Holiday Tags, Sing Glory
Close to my Heart wide ribbon Dark Chocolate stripe
Kaisercraft card base (or use Kraft)
Kraft cardstock for scallop
Fiskars Threading Water punch
Candy Cane Stickles (red)
Cocoa, Cranberry and New England Ivy Close to My Heart Exclusive Inks
Quick and easy! :)

Friday, 15 August 2014

Chinchilla Show Sideshow Alley

I am gradually working toward getting recent unfinished projects completed before I even begin to think about new ones ...

This CTMH Picture My Life layout was started shortly after the Chinchilla Show which was 23rd May this year.  However, life and circumstances got in the way, and I had cropped all the photos I wanted to use, adhered them to bits of paper, and had to leave the embellishing till another time.  So over the last few days, I have been adding stamping and bits and pieces in order to get these layouts completed. 
Left hand page
Right hand page  
None of the photos were brilliant, and they were all snapped so quickly, so they could easily be cropped down to this style of page.  I didn't have a lot more to say, so I could easily limit the journaling to one Project Life card and let the photos speak for themselves. 
I love the vibrancy and bright colours of the Free to be Me paper pack, but most of the paper doesn't take direct stamping, as there is an embossed pattern on the solid colour pages.  I rectified the stamping here by going over the colour with a permanent pen. 
Most of the stamping was onto white card, which was then adhered onto the pages - more colour contrast that way.  I also outlined the "Cherish This" stamped image with a matching Promarker (an alcohol marker like Shin Han) so that it stood out a little bit against the busy background. 
The boys were by far the smallest children on this tall inflatable slide, but they showed no fear - they were squealing with delight, which makes me so happy to see. 
Here's what the layouts look like side by side:

Close to My Heart "Free to be Me" paper pack, Black Shimmer Trim, Chevron Punch
CTMH stamp sets
  • Believe in Yourself - Everyday Life
  • Fast and Furious
  • One Way Borders - Flair
  • Take  Note - Cricut Bundle
  • My Life - Cricut Bundle
  • Kaboom - Stamp of the Month
Assorted washi, Promarker, Black Permanent Marker, Gems, Brad, Project Life elements
Pebbles "Love You More" Journaling and Quote Card

Great to have finished another layout amidst the chaos of boxes.  Back with more soon! :)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Project Life - July 2014 Moving Again

There has neither been time nor the inclination to scrapbook with all the turmoil and upheaval in our recent history, but in the past week, I have sat down and started to document our recent move.  I didn't take any photos, but thought it was just as important to journal my feelings and emotions because I want to remember this how it is, whilst still being creative with papers, and embellishments. 

I find it easier also to use up older style scrapbooking stash in the Project Life/Picture My Life style as you cut things down and use them on a smaller scale. 

Left hand side page above

Right hand side page above
And to follow, both pages together so you get the idea. 
I used a lot of CTMH stamps mixed with other elements, and am happy with how the pages turned out. 
Kaisercraft Now Boarding Collection "Departure Lounge" patterned paper
Simple Stories Urban Traveller sn@p Card
Pebbles "Love You More" Journaling and Quote cards
Project Life journalling card
Simon Says Stamp! Dark Chocolate Premium Die Ink
PSX Stamps "Antique"
Studio Calico Mistables
MME Penny Lane - Free Bird "Love" large accessories
Heidi Grace flocked alphabet stickers
Derwent Inktense Coloured Pencils
Sizzix leaf die, Tim Holtz Sizzlets Decorative Strip "Typeset"
Washi Tape - Francheville Masking Tape and other
K and Co Alphabet tiles
Dear Lizzy acrylic stamps (camera)
MM Rub-ons "Mixed Brite", Tiny Alphas "Brown Ledger"
Close to My Heart Stamps: - "My Life" Cricut Bundle, "Balloon Talk" Stamp of the Month (Feb 2014), "It's the Little Things" Stamp of the Month (November 2014), Cranberry and Lagoon inks

I am very happy that I've gone on to use up the whole sheet of MME Penny Lane die cuts, whether it be here or on simple cards that I've made subsequently - one item of supplies used up completely makes me feel justified in buying it, no matter how many years later! Something that I mean to do with the numerous rub-ons I still have in my stash.  I will just make it part of my next crafting mission!

I am working amongst chaos and jumble, with nowhere to unpack anything due to the lack of suitable storage, which I am finding it difficult to source in Hervey Bay.  Hopefully when having to go to the dentist in Brisbane next week, I will find time to get to Ikea  to maybe partially address this issue .... thanks for visiting.  :)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

CTMH Skylark cards - thank you Chinchilla!

We are now moved into our new house in Hervey Bay, so the period of adjustment and settling in begins.  I have absolutely no inspiration to craft, as there is no order or organisation, and my future scrapping room currently is a dumping ground!

Here are the cards I made for my lovely friends in Chinchilla to say thank you for their friendship and the gift of the boys' bikes and helmets they received at their 3rd birthday party. 

Seeing that I received 25 sheets of this Skylark paper in my consultant's kit, my motto is always to get using! I don't currently know any crafters here in Hervey Bay, and already have a mountain of stash to use, so I may as well create with the Skylark kit whilst it is still relatively fresh to me and get it finished.  However, with each sheet making just four cards, that could obviously take a while! Still, here are some samples. 

To the above card, I inked around the edge of the paper with lagoon ink.  Used my scallop scissors to add the Juniper border interest, made a journalling label with a Spellbinders die and added some other flowers - I do prefer smaller flowers to large ones, as I find them more usable on cards. 

Skylark complements - birdcage, along with a resin flower, placed within a larger fabric daisy.  The dark chocolate scallop interest was left over on my table.

The card for the above crafty friend had a change of paper - here I used Studio Calico.  The zigzag circle embellishment holder is a Sizzlits die, which I run through my Bigshot.  The left over strip of Skylark patterned paper was used under the washi tape for extra interest. 

Other company washi tape (Doodlebug) with a daisy Prima flower - this helps to "ground" the resin flower, I think. 

Lots of left overs here on the above card - the bird Skylark complements, with a resin flower.  All others were left overs. 

I used the ticket and daisy centre from the Skylark complements, along with a Spellbinders die and some old Doodlebug sequins, glued on with Glossy Accents. 

To the above card, I used the blue ticket, along with the yellow resin bird and green daisy. 
To most of the cards, I added Stardust Stickles as a way of adding sparkle and pop! and I also love adding gems and pearls where I can.
I only have some larger Skylark complements journalling tiles left, which I shall use on layouts or special cards where appropriate. 
CTMH Skylark patterned paper, Skylark complements, Slate striped twist ties, Skylark assortments (resin flowers and birds), Kraft, Lagoon, Juniper and Sweet Leaf cardstock and some other companies' left over scraps
Elizabeth Craft Design dies - thank you
Spellbinders and Sizzlets dies
Various inks
Washi tape
Prima flowers
Waiting for some energy and inspiration to begin sorting out my craft room and start creating again ... I am sure it will happen soon!  Thanks for visiting.  :)

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

UK Scrappers 52 Card Challenge 2014 - Week 15

Week 15 - All creatures great and small,  was the challenge for that particular week.  Not really a clever interpretation, but at least a bird is an animal!
It was Lily's 3rd birthday on Sunday and here is her card. 
Before leaving the UK, I stamped out lots of these images from a freebie set of stamps Tara acquired - they are adorable,and stamp really well for a free set of magazine stamps. 
I got out my Promarkers and coloured in the bird, the border of the journalling plate, and the flowers.  Lots of glitter over the flowers and the bird. 
Miss Nelly patterned paper - Kaisercraft
Freebie magazine stamps, "Curly Cute" Stampin' Up!, alphabet and number stamps by Image Tree
Doodlebug Fancy Frills glitter hearts
Lagoon ink - Close to My Heart
Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Lily. x

Saturday, 21 June 2014

UK Scrappers 2014 52 Card Challenge - Week 23

This week's challenge was from photo inspiration - something Nat pinned to Pinterest. 

And here's my aqua and yellow card, using mainly CTMH products from the Skylark range for my friend Kerry's birthday:

Close to My Heart Skylark Picture My Life card, Teal Shimmer Trim, Skylark Chipboard, patterned paper (Yellow Quatrefoil), Complements (Daisy), Assortment (Yellow Resin Daisy), Cardstock Juniper and Slate, Slate and Lagoon inks
Small Scallop Scissors
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dlites Blooms 3
Stampin' Up! Curly Cute sentiment
Stardust Stickles
I really like this card, though it did cause me a few head-scratching moments and took longer to execute than it should. 
I made her a batch of cards as a little present, so I will be back to share those when I've had a chance to upload.  Thanks for your visit! :)

Friday, 20 June 2014

Henry and Lewis - almost Three

Dear Henry and Lewis,

In just a couple of weeks' time you will be three.  We have been in Chinchilla for just over four months, but in that time, we have all made some really lovely friends, who we will be very sad to leave. 

In these few short months, you have both learned:
  • how to pronounce helicopter
  • to grasp the basics in doing a jigsaw
  • how to play well with other children
In this past month especially, Henry your imagination is coming to the fore and you are now making up your own stories and songs.  You particularly love taking pretend medicine and practising to be a Doctor, after all our recent bouts of illness. 

Lewis, you speak a lot with Henry and to us, but a lot of what you say is still incomprehensible.  You seem to be very gymnastic, and love to hang upside down on the sofa like a little buddha.  We have been through the "that's mine" phase and whilst we're not out yet, hopefully the worst is over. 

We will be especially sad to leave your Day Care, which is Charley's Place, which you both thoroughly enjoy.  It is a really special facility, and you have loved interacting with the animals and growing things on the farm.  Here is a copy of your reports from your parent/teacher interviews:



Child’s name:  __________Lewis Drummond-Jones                                      D.O.B:_ 06/07/2011__


Room: _____In The Outback_______  Attendance pattern:   M    T   W    Th    F


Your child’s progress:
Lewis is a pleasant and happy child. He has begun to build strong relationships with educators. Lewis is almost always smiling and this has gained him many friendships from his peers. We are working with Lewis to be independent and play with all the children.
Lewis is empathic towards all his peers and offers comfort. Lewis is aware of fairness and shares well with others. Lewis enjoys one-on-one time with educators and enjoys praise.
Lewis is becoming strong in his social and emotional wellbeing. He is starting to understand how he feels and is able to positively deal with his emotions the majority of the time. We are working with Lewis to gain knowledge of his health and physical wellbeing and realising his bodies needs, we working with Lewis on using the toilet.
Lewis enjoys all types of play he is happy and content in all situations. Lewis is enthusiastic and hardworking when working on tasks. Lewis is learning to take calculated risks when furthering his play.
Lewis is working on his communication. We are working with Lewis to use his words and to deveolp his vocabulary. Lewis enjoys counting and making noises out loud. Lewis understands what is being said and follows instructions most of the time.
Summary statement:
Lewis is a pleasure to have. He is happy everyday and it’s contagious. HE plays well with all the children and is making many friends.
Parent comments:
 We have really appreciated the input and insight into our children, and are grateful to Miss Pol for drawing up goals to maximise our children's future.
                                                                                Signed by Parent: ____________________________________




Date:  ________________                             Signed by Educator: __________________________________


Philosophy Link: “The magical steps of play and discovery are accentuated with enjoyment. Children will learn and thrive through Play and Education for success. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities are fundamental to achieve quality outcomes for children.”

Our immediate goal is to work with Lewis on improving his language skills. 



Child’s name:  ___________Henry Drummond-Jones_          D.O.B:_ _06/07/2011___


Room: ____In The Outback________ Attendance pattern:   M    T   W    Th    F


Your child’s progress:
Henry is happy and excited upon arrival and settles immediately. Henry feels safe secure and supported. Henry plays well with others however we are working with Henry on sharing and using gentle hands and feet.
Henry is empathic towards his friends. Henry enjoys playing with the boys. He enjoys hands on activities such as trains or arts and crafts. We are working on Henry’s turn taking and listening skills during planned activities and group time. Henry and educators are working towards using or gentle hands and positively expressing emotions.
Henry is becoming strong in his social and emotional wellbeing and is learning to control his emotions but can easily become frustrated if things are not going his way. We have been expressing the importance of taking responsibility for his own physical health and wellbeing e.g. eating good foods and drinking lots of water. Henry is doing well with his toileting there is still a little way to go but he has come so far.
Henry enjoys hands on play and building, he also enjoys role-play with his peers.  Henry resources his own learning through connecting with people, place and processed and natural materials. Henry has a vivid imagination and is extremely curious. We are working with Henry on following instructions.
Henry‘s verbal communication is becoming much clearer and he is enjoying being able to express his wants and needs. We are working with Henry to use his words in frustrating situations. Henry has a great understanding of patterns and numbers.
Summary statement:
Henry is a happy child while attending Charley’s Place. We are working with Henry to assist him in continuing to build strong relationships with peers and educators.
Parent comments:
 It was brilliant to get additional insight that Henry is a particularly outdoor orientated child who loves to get involved with the animals.  I appreciate working in partnership to encourage Henry in those areas where he needs particular attention.
                                                                                Signed by Parent: ____________________________________




Date:  ________________                             Signed by Educator: __________________________________


Philosophy Link: “The magical steps of play and discovery are accentuated with enjoyment. Children will learn and thrive through Play and Education for success. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities are fundamental to achieve quality outcomes for children.”

 You are both thriving there, and it is wonderful to witness.  You have both easily hit your age milestones and we are looking forward to what happens next. 
We are having your 3rd birthday party in Jubilee Park this Sunday afternoon, 22nd June and hope to get some very nice updated photos of you then.  In the meantime, we are also preparing for our move to Hervey Bay and are hopeful that all will proceed smoothly. 

Much love always,
Mummy x