Friday, May 15, 2015

Taste of Summer

This month at Close to My Heart, the Constant Campaign is for a pack of beautiful summery papers, all double sided and 2 of each design, Taste of Summer.

There is also a cute set of stamps that coordinate with the paper pack, making it a great resource for keeping summer memories in a scrapbook page or making a special summery card.

I decided to make a mini album using the paper pack - and I still had 4 sheets left after making the album so I will be doing some cards with those ones!

I have made a short video showing my latest creation using these colourful papers.

Enjoy and do let me know if you want some of these lovely papers or the stamp set before the end of May. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Over the last few weeks, we have, in New Zealand, been remembering the landing of New Zealand and Australian troops on the beach at Gallipoli in Turkey on 25th April, 1915. This was a disastrous military undertaking and thousands of soldiers were killed over a period of months.

I made this set of poppies and the frame to remind us of the sacrifice made by so many.

The poppies were cut using the Cricut Explore and the Giant 3D flowers cartridge. I cut the words from black vinyl and attached them to the glass front of a photo frame that I repurposed by sanding down, painting with black acrylic then rubbed with antiqueing wax.

Making Cards Again!

Given that Mother's Day is coming up pretty fast - this weekend, in fact, I had a burst of card making over the last week or so. I am using the Cricut Design Space program that is an on-line program for use with the newish Cricut Explore.

Some of these cards were made using the Artfully Sent Cartridge from Close to my Heart. I am really enjoying having this cartridge and the Cricut Explore makes it very easy to make these stunningly simple cards.

This card was made using the Design Space software. I love the crisp, clean cuts from this machine.

This gatefold type card was made using Design Space and a mixture of files available in the program.

I split the fence cutting file and attached it to a rectangle to make it fold into the centre. 

This card was a download from Monica's Creations. One of the beautiful four-fold cards available to download from the website, it is very elegant. I added a belly-band to keep it closed and cut the word and shadow with the Cricut.

This is a card I made from left-over card using Close to my Heart products. The stamp was the Stamp of the Month for April and is so versatile as there are about 16 different sentiments to stamp onto the typewriter image. The dotty card is Confetti Wishes with Lagoon cardstock layered on top of it.

The last one for today was a box card I made using an svg file from SVG Cuts - Box cards set. I used Confetti Wishes and Lagoon cardstock from CTMH along with flower stamps (Pretty Petals). I used CTMH Exclusive inks to stamp the flowers in Thistle, Lagoon, Pear, Smoothie and Honey. I was able to cut the flower shapes out with the Cricut using the Art Philosophy cartridge from CTMH and the Artfully Sent cartridge for the label on the front.

Wow, a long post today. Really enjoyed playing with these cards and the new inks and stamps from CTMH.