Saturday, 8 February 2014

Ivy Lane card
As this month I am working with the Ivy Lane paper range I thought I would share with you a card I created yesterday using Ivy Lane and the new Dreamer stamp set. This is such a gorgeous stamp set, it's so inspiring!! 

This card idea is from the book Originals, card Confidence Program, a very handy book when I get stuck for ideas with over 150 pages of card ideas and instructions, templates for circles, ovals & other shapes, and lots of different sized envelope templates.
I didn't think Ivy Lane would be one of my favourites, but so far I am loving it! I love the colours and the patterns of the artwork, especially the gorgeous co-ordinating embellishments like the flower I used on this card. 
To make this card:
  • Pear cardstock
  • Colonial White cardstock
  • Blush & Hollyhock patterned paper from Ivy Lane
  • DREAMER stamp set
  • Inks - Pear, Gypsy, & Hollyhock
  • Trim from paper (this is the paper ribbon bit. All of CTMH papers have an extra bit 12" by about 1/2" that you can cut off to use as embellishments, and on the reverse side list the other colours that co-ordinate with that paper range).
  • Gypsy flower
  • Adhesive
  • 3D Foam Tape
  1. Begin with a folded Pear card base (5” x 7”).
  2. Cut the blush & hollyhock patterned paper 4 3/4" x 6 3/4". Adhere to centre of card base.
  3. Cut the top piece of trim from the paper to measure 5" long. Adhere to card. Cut two extra pieces of the trim to use as the bow, dovetail the ends and adhere to card (the other ends will be covered by the flower)
  4. Cut a piece of Pear cardstock 2 1/4" x 6 1/4" and adhere to card.
  5. Cut three 2"x2" squares from Colonial White cardstock.
  6. Stamp the Butterfly in Pear ink onto one 2" square, and distress the edges in Pear.
  7. Stamp the sentiment in Gypsy ink onto one 2" square, and distress the edges in Gypsy.
  8. Stamp the heart in Hollyhock ink onto one 2" square, and distress the edges in Hollyhock.
  9. Adhere the three 2" squares to the Pear cardstock with 3D Foam Tape.
  10. Adhere the Gypsy rose onto the paper bow.
Well that's it, pretty easy but the card looks stunning I think. Let me know how you go with making the card or about other cards you have made.
Happy papercrafting, Natalie xx

Friday, 31 January 2014

CTMH Stamp of the Month: 'Wild About Love'  S1402A Australasian Blog Hop 
 Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Patricia Manhires Creative Corner 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. 
Today I would like to share with you this simple card which features February Stamp Of The Month Wild About Love S1402A available exclusively throughout February for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75. 
  1. Beginning with a 4 1/4 x 4 1/2 card base cut a piece of the Ivy Lane paper (from the paper packet) 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
  2. Stamp the Wild Thing stamp onto White Daisy cardstock, trim around. Adhere this piece to the Bamboo cardstock (from the paper packet) and trim around.
  3. Using a Hole Punch carefully punch two holes; one at each end. Cut a piece of the Bakers Twine long enough to double the length of the embellishment & fold in half. Thread the twine through the holes, adhere underneath with Glue Dots.
  4. Colour the heart in Hollyhock Marker, then adhere embellishment to card with 3D Foam Tape.
  5. Stamp the foxes onto White Daisy cardstock in Blush ink. Trim around these and adhere to the card.
  6. Stamp the Hearts onto White Daisy cardstock in Hollyhock ink. Trim around these and adhere to the card.
  7. Lastly stamp the under side of the I Love You stamp onto Bamboo cardstock, trim around. Turn this piece over and carefully position the correct side of the stamp and stamp down in Blush ink onto the trimmed card piece. Adhere to the card. 
Wild about Love is only available until 28th February from your CTMH consultant.  I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Maz's Blog, Maz's Blog Spot. 
I hope you have enjoyed this simple but effective card. 
Happy papercrafting, Natalie x 

Friday, 25 October 2013

Treat Cup Idea

'Outta This World' treat cup card

I absolutely adore these fun & interactive treat cups; they can be incorporated into crafts in so many ways.
My son has one of his friend's birthday parties today, so had a think about what sort of card I could make for him. And this is what I came up with....
Inside the treat cup is sprinkles, two different sorts; just ones I already had from the local supermarket.
The stamp set used here is the Outta This World one, and the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment is from Holiday Tags .

The instructions:
1. Cut white cardstock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Score at 4 1/4 and fold to form card base.
2. Stamp the spaceship on scrap white cardstock in Pacifica ink . Cut out the middle of spaceship with scissors as shown.
3. Cut Lagoon cardstock 5 1/4" x 6 1/2". Score all 4 sides at 1/4", then at 1/2" in from the 1/4" score lines.
4. Fold the inner score lines in towards themselves, and the outer score lines upwards.
5. With a circle cutting tool (not a punch, as you want to keep the cardstock intact) cut a circle in the Lagoon cardstock. To do this I used the circle Cutting Custom System from Creative Memories.
6. Fill the treat cups with sprinkles or whatever you want to put in them (don't fill completely)
7. Peel the paper off from the adhesive that's around the cup. Stick a scrap piece of cardstock on top of the cup, and press slightly to adhere to the adhesive. Trim around it.
8. Adhere the outer scored edges (except one) of the Lagoon cardstock to the card base using strong adhesive. I used Mini Glue Dots here, which worked perfectly.
9. adhere Glue Dots to the back of the treat cup, and position treat cup in place. Adhere the fourth score line of Lagoon to card base.
10. Adhere the spaceship as shown.
11. Stamp the rocket in Cranberry ink onto scrap white cardstock, trim around & adhere to card base.
12. Stamp the sentiment 'Greetings Earthlings' in Pacifica ink on white cardstock, the 'Happy Birthday' onto Pacifica cardstock in Cranberry ink,  trim & adhere.
13. Stamp the star from the 'Outta This World' stamp set in Pacifica ink on the inside of the card.

**Recommendations:- I suggest make the width of the 1/4" score lines 1/2" instead, that way it has greater surface area to stick to.

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Friday, 18 October 2013

 CTMH Holidays with Heart Australasian Blog Hop 

Hello and welcome aboard our first Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.
If you have arrived here from Noni'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. 

Today I would like to share with you this Waterfall card which features some of the amazing products from the Holidays with Heart Gift Guide live now through December 31st.  

     I absolutely love the adorable Waterfall cards, and while they look amazing they are also pretty easy to make.
1. You simply choose your stamps,  work out the size squares (I used 2 x 2") you will need to stamp the stamps on & then cardstock to back them (I used 2 1/2 x 2 1/2").
2. Stamp the images, here I chose the 2 Santas & 'Ho Ho Ho' sentiment from the Santa Claus stamp set.
3. Cut a strip of cardstock by the diameter (Mine was 2 1/2") of your cardstock squares by about 8" long (The cardstock I used was Juniper from the Sparkle & Shine Paper Packet).
4. Then by your diameter of your squares (Mine was 2 1/2") you're going to score a line, then score lines at every 3/4" (Mine were in total 2 1/2", 3 1/4", 4") thereafter for however many images (If you have 3 images you will scores 3x).
5. The first square you will adhere down completely, then the remaining squares adhere just the 3/4" space & stick down the squares just under each score line (not on the score line, JUST under it).
6. Once you know the width of your waterfall piece you can then decide on the diameter of your base card, and paper (I used the Polka Dot paper from the Sparkle & Shine Paper Packet (Mine was 6" wide, 5" L).
7. Cut a piece of cardstock strip the diameter of your card base (Mine was 6") by 3/4". Adhere the two ends of this strip to the card, you will need to use something strong to adhere it (I used Mini Glue Dots, and found this worked well).
8. Pop the longer side of the Waterfall cardstock piece under the thin card strip. The shorter end (which will have your stamped images on it) will not be under the card strip.
9. Now, take the bottom section of your shorter waterfall piece and adhere it to the thin strip. Make sure the paper is adhered to the card base.
10. Make a hole in the bottom of the waterfall piece so as to thread Paradise Bakers Twine through. Then embellish as you desire (I used the large Santa and sentiment from the Santa Claus stamp set).

All the products in the The Holidays with Heart Gift Guide are available now through December 31 from your CTMH consultant whilst stocks last.
Some items are in short supply so order early  to avoid disappointment.
Orders totaling over $130 during the promotion can choose one starred item from The Holidays with Heart Gift Guide for free so it is an ideal time to purchase one of our Cricut Collections  or our Ink and marker organiser    
  I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Jo's Blog, Jo's Blog Spot .
Thank you for checking out my 'Holidays with Heart' creation. I hope you enjoy making some of the beautiful creations you've found in this Blog Hop.
Smiles, Natalie :)

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Another CONGRATULATIONS is due!!

The birth of my beautiful little niece Faith Ann-Marie Grace


She was born yesterday morning, 6 weeks early and not on any tubes (except formula) which is just amazing!!!


She is so adorably cute!!!

I can't wait to get cuddles :)


These are some pics of her (Hope no one minds me sharing them)




Drum roll please..........................
The lucky winner of the Pinwheel stamp set is Gaylene.
Don't worry if you're not Gaylene, you can still get yourself this gorgeous Pinwheel stamp set.
They retail at $24, though on sale for only $20 for anyone who sees this post and would like to get their hands on their very own Pinwheel stamp set. Simply comment below :)

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Go into the draw
Go into the draw to win this My Acrylix Pinwheel stamp set simply by joining my mailing list. Go to my blog, scroll down to the mailing list & add your details to automatically go into the draw.


I have added some photos of cards I created this afternoon using the Pinwheel stamp set (my own, not the one to win lol) to give you extra inspiration.