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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Water, Water Everywhere!

Water Colour, that is!

Welcome to the June Use Your Stash blog hop! This month our theme is water colours, whether it is pencils or markers! As you make your way through this hop, please leave your comments as we all love to hear from you. All product used in this project is from Close to my Heart.

If you got here from Shirley's blog, you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, just head to Paige's blog where you will find the complete list of hoppers.

I love my watercolour pencils and the blending pen. I love my markers as well but find the pencils give so much more control over the blending. 

I made two cards this month - one using my ShinHan Touch Twin alcohol markers, and the same card using my watercolour pencils. The alcohol markers result in brighter colours, but I like the soft, muted look of the watercolour pencils too.

For the first card, I embossed the flowers from the Wavy Blooms stamp set (D1651) with silver embossing powder on White Daisy cardstock and then coloured them using the Marigold (YR24) and Golden Yellow (Y222) pens for the yellow flowers and the Tender Pink (RP198) and Cherry Pink (R5) for the pink flower. The leaves are coloured with the Sap Green (GY235) and Leaf Green (GY234) pens. The card base in both cases is New England Ivy cardstock.

Now here is the same idea stamped with Hollyhock and Honey Exclusive Inks and then coloured with Holiday Red, Sunflower, Honey, Citrus Leaf, and Clover Meadow watercolour pencils. I used my blending pen to blend the colours and then used 3D Foam Tape to pop two of the flowers up and give some added dimension.


Which look do you prefer?? Personally, I can't decide. I love them both!

The two sentiments are from the Operation Smile stamp set, Happy Everything (D1653). They are both stamped in Cocoa Exclusive Ink. I cut the paper longer so I could make them into banners, which i think adds just a little interest. The Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799) adds just a bit of glitz too.



That's it for this month. If you have seen anything you would like to know more about, please let me know in the comments and I will get back to you! 

Thanks for taking in our hop this month! Next on the hop list is Nicole with some more beautiful artwork!. 



Monday, 15 June 2015

Mini Albums Across Canada

Welcome to our June bloghop featuring Mini Albums! If you see anything you would like to purchase, please contact your local Close to my Heart consultant!

We hope you will leave comments on our posts as we love to get your feedback, whether it is something you like or a technique you would like to learn more about. Now on to our hop!

I you have just come from Donna's blog, you are in the right place! But since this is a circular hop, you can start anywhere! If you get lost along the way, just return to Michelle's blog where you will find the complete list of hoppers.

I really love our Picture my Life cards and although I have used them previously IN a mini album, I have never used to actually MAKE an album! I saw this on Pinterest (I can't remember who posted it and now can't find it. If I do, I will post the person's name.) and really liked it. It is a quick easy way to make a little album! For this album, I used the Seaside PML cards, Assortment and Complements.


Each page is a 4X6 PML card and the pockets and tags inside are the smaller 3X4 PML cards. I attached the "pages" to each other with our Gold Dot washi tape leaving about a 1/8" gap between pages to allow for some embellishment. NOTE: If you want to round the washi tape corners on the pages, do it as you go. I thought I would do it when the album was finished and it was not an easy task!

Here, I layered several of the Seaside Assortment to cover the ship's wheel that is actually on this card. 

I used another sticker from the Seaside Assortment to cover the ice cream cones on this card and popped it up with some thin foam tape for a little added dimension.

On the last page, I added a piece of Lagoon cardstock that I had distressed, then layed a few of the stickers from the Assortment as well as the starfish from the Complements.

The next few pictures just show the smaller cards that were used as tags. I want to add some sort of embellishment to them but not sure what to add since there is really not a lot of room.



That's it for me for this month. I am the last stop on this hop, so from here you can return to Michelle's blog! And remember, if there is anything here you would like to add to your own stash, please contact your local Close to my Heart consultant! When you place an order of $50 or more, you can purchase the Stamp of the Month for only $5! 

Also, during the month of June, when you purchase any My Crush™ book and its accompanying assortment pictured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE! That is a savings of at least $9.95 USD / $10.95 CAD! Choose from five lovely My Crush book offerings that will provide a swoon-worthy background for your favorite memories. From family reunions to camping adventures to holiday countdowns—and much more—you will be crushing on all these books and the possibilities they provide. Every My Crush book features a hard cover with wire binding and cardstock-weight pages that are printed with eye-catching designs to form the perfect bases for your memory keeping. Additionally, each My Crush book also features unique details—from glossy print, to vellum pages, to gold foil, to ink-resistant patterns—that make displaying your personality easier than ever. Plus, once you add the artistry of the coordinating assortments featuring sticker sheets, envelopes, alphabets, cards, and journaling spots, along with your free stamp set, you will be well on your way to your own gorgeous mini book creation! This offer is only available while supplies last and once they’re gone, these books are gone for good, so put your orders in early to get your summer romance rolling today!