Friday, 12 September 2014

Back to School Blog Hop


Welcome to our team blog hop.  This month we wanted to celebrate back to school by doing a little teaching of our own.  Each consultant in this blog hop will be sharing some of their stamping/crafting knowledge with you.  You don't want to miss any of this fun learning, so make sure you get a chance to visit everyone's "blog classroom". 

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop.  If you came from Darcel's Blog  then you are in the right place!  from here you can hop on over to  Michelle's Blog to learn how to make a shaker card. 

The technique that I wanted to share with you is using random stamping to create your own pattern paper.

I love doing this technique - it creates patterned paper that is completely unique to your layout or card.  And it really is easy - the trick is not to over-think it (it is not supposed to be perfect).

Here is a picture of  a two page scrapbook layout using the stamped pattern paper, along with some of the great papers from the new Seaside Collection.

I stared by gathering the ink colours that are suggested to co-ordinate with the Seaside Paper Pack and Champagne Cardstock as my background.  For this project I picked the new Treasured Friendship stamp set (C1594)

When random stamping, it is best to always start with the largest stamps first and fill in spaces with the smaller images as you go.

I started with the Dessert Sand Ink and one of the larger shell stamps.

Stamps should be randomly placed around the page. Keeping a triangular shape in mind can sometimes help with the spacing.
Here is the page with the first stamped image completed.

 Next I used the Champagne ink with another of the large shell stamps.

I then used the Sorbet and Glacier Ink with the two small shell stamps to fill in most rest of the background.

I felt that I still had a little more cardstock showing than I would like.  I needed an even smaller stamp to complete the page.  

I dug through my stash and found these cute little footprints in the retired Surf's Up Scrapbooking Workshop stamp set.  The little feet were just the right size.  I used all of the ink colours with the footprint stamp and did a second generation stamp (stamping off some of the ink on scrap paper before stamping on project).
 Now you have a completely unique piece of patterned paper - 

I hope you will try this technique - pick a stamp set and some ink colours you love and give it a try.  You really will be surprised how easy and addictive this is!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

New Idea Book - New Products - New Blog Hop

Welcome to our Team Braer Blog Hop that focuses on "New items" in our brand new idea book.   You will see creations from our team that may include stamp sets,patterned paper,inks, embellishments and more from the  Close To My Heart 2014 Annual Inspirations Idea book. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, kindly contact your local consultant to place an order.
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we really love feedback from our blog viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow our team's blogs, then please start at the beginning and join Brae at . If you came from Krista's Blog  then you are in the right place!

The New Annual Inspirations Idea Book is 193 pages packed with great new products. There are so many great new papers and products I can't wait to share with you that it was difficult to decide where to start.  So I let my daughter pick, and she asked me to do a birthday page for her.  

Confetti Wishes is one of the 9 new paper packs available.  The colours are vibrant and fun to work with.  I kept the layout simple using the Confetti Wishes paper pack and the matching Complements sticker sheet, I added one sheet of pear cardstock, and used the purple Shimmer Trim and the Purple Glitter Gems.  I did just a bit of stamping using the new Thistle ink colour on the pear cardstock. 

Using the Close to My Heart Paper Packs with the matching Stickers or Embellishments makes scrapbooking faster, easier, and lots of fun!

Products Used:

Confetti Wishes Complements
$5.50 X7189C

Confetti Wishes Paper Packet
$10.95 X7189B
Purple Glitter Gems
$4.25 Z1936
Purple Shimmer Trim
$5.50 Z1919

Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad
$6.50 Z2640

Your Own Kind of Wonderful
$19.75 D1627


Your next stop on the Team Braer Hop is Jessica Hill's blog  and check out all the great artwork the group has created for you.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Don't miss out on Retiring Paper Packs and Workshop on the Go

July is your last chance to purchase from the Spring 2014 Idea Book.  


 I don't want you to miss out on any of the wonderful pattern papers that will soon be retiring.  

If you don't have a copy of the Spring Idea book it can be viewed at my shopping site


Contact me with you order as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as all these papers now have an inventory status of 'while quantities last.'

My favourite paper pack from this Idea Book is called "Balloon Ride" .  I really
enjoyed creating with the Workshop on the Go Kit shown below.

Here are some layouts I created with the Workshop on the Go Kit.  One of the things I love about Balloon Ride is how many different looks you can create using different accent colours and themes.

Take a closer look at the papers from this collection as well as the Balloon Ride Complements Dimensional Element Sheet on page 37 of the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book.  Paper Pack priced at  9.95 + s&h and the Complements are priced at $4.95 +s&h.