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I am a wife and mother of 2 very active, gorgeous boys. I have been scrapbooking for over 10 years and in 2015 signed up as an Independent Consultant for Close to My Heart (CTMH). I love to take photos of my family, especially my 2 boys, as they are growing up fast before my eyes. I believe it's important to document memories and have my photos printed and displayed in photo albums and not just stored on the computer. I want to be able to look back on our memories, photos and everyday life, and I want my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to be able to do the same.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop - SANGRIA collection

Hello and welcome aboard the Australasian Close to My Heart 'Sangria' Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Wendy Hopper's blog 'Expressions of the Heart' then you are in the right place. If you are starting your Sangria journey here, Welcome! You can join in the blog hop by simply reading through my post and once you get to the end just click on the link to the next blog. Keep reading and 'hopping' until you find yourself back to where you started from. Each of the 10 featured blogs will showcase a project starring the gorgeous Sangria collection

The first thing I made using Sangria papers was this Bauble.

Sangria features my favourite colours in deep reds, pinks and purples, perfect for Christmas if you like to steer away from the traditional red and green, and I wanted to create something that wasn't cardmaking or scrapbooking to demonstrate that CTMH products have many uses in all types of papercrafting. After scouring Pinterest for paper Christmas decorations I came up with this, inspired by http://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/make-christmas-ornaments.html 

Christmas Bauble using Sangria Papers and Poppy Twine 
For this bauble I used 2x sheets of Sangria B&T (background and texture paper), poppy thick twineliquid glass, and some wire from my stash. 

I cut 14 x 3" circles from the Sangria B&T using my Silhouette Cameo, folded them each in half and stacked them on top of one an other . To achieve an even distribution of pattern - stack them alternating pattern side up and solid colour up. Secure some wire around the centre fold line and thread some Poppy twine in at the top to create a hanging loop. 
To form the bauble, using liqud glass or glue dots, make a small dot 1/3 from the bottom, fold the facing flaps together and press for a couple of seconds to secure the bond. On the next circle along, stick a glue dot about 1/3 of the way from the top. Continue like this all the way around, alternating high and low liquid glue dots. 

After making this bauble I really fell in love with this paper and also created a number of cards and gift tags shown below:

Sangria Cards & Gift Tags

Each of these cute cards are 4x4 inch cut from white daisy cardstock. The super cute Giraffe and Hippo cards are made using the new Safari Ballet stampset, coloured in with the watercolour pencils and blended with the blending pen. They images are stamped on white daisy and matted on pomegranate cardstock.

The sentiments used in the Thank You Friend card are from 'A Thousand Thanks'. And the Christmas Card is made using 'Christmas Star'.

The Sangria paper collection and other Sangria products are available from your CTMH consultant so you can create your own projects using these beautiful papers. 

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to leave a comment before hopping off to see what Maz from Inky Fingers has created. 

You can also follow along on social media by posting your creations and searching others using the hashtag #ctmhsangria

Sunday, October 4, 2015

October Projects

A new month means a new 'Stamp of the Month' and a new Stamp of the Month means lots of new projects. 

'Twinkle' is the October SOM, and as the name suggests, yes it is a Christmas stamp. 

Christmas is my most favourite time of the year and I love creating cards, tags and gifts to share with family and friends. 

Here are some of my creations using the October SOM 

Cards made using October SOM 'Twinkle' S1510. 
 Materials List:
(Left Card)
 - White value card and envelopes pack
- Gold glitter paper
- Sweet leaf card stock
- Poppy extra thick twine
- White daisy cardstock
- Poppy Exclusive Ink
- Fern Exclusive Ink
- 'Twinkle' S1510 October stamp of the month

(Right Card)
- White value card and envelopes pack
- White daisy cardstock
- Poppy Exclusive Ink
- Sweet leaf Exclusive Ink
- Pacifica Exclusive Ink
- Black Exclusive Ink
- White twine from Neutral Baker's Twine pack (WSL)
- 'Twinkle' S1510 October stamp of the month

This stamp set is only available in October. You can purchase it in my shop for $27, or get it for only $7.50 when you place an order of $75 or more.