CTMH – Layouts

When I am not working on the computer or painting in the studio, I love to scrapbook.  I have made cards for years, but the 12×12 layouts are fairly new for me.  That is what I love about Close To My Heart, the instructions are clear and easy to follow.  They are great for beginners to get started or for the more experienced to use as a platform to expand with their own creativity.

This double layout is from the Hello Lovely kit; using the instructions to create with other CTMH papers.

With the amazing contest I won last month, included was a subscription to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  In there I found a CTMH page with this sweet layout.  There was no instructions but I figured I could make it work.  I have been wanting to do some pages for our sweet unicorn and now was the time.  Using some papers and embellishments from the contest and maybe a few things from my stash, this is how it turned out!  Not exact, but then where would creativity be?  Are you looking for inspiration for your scrapbooking or card making, drop by Creative Scrapbooker Magazine and give them a thumbs up and a comment on one of their post.  I know they will appreciate it.

Happy Scrapping!

 

DIY Easy Christmas Card

With all the Christmas decorations going up in stores and the touch of white stuff on the hills, I want to start all things Christmas!

On Penny Black blog there are so many great designers and ideas that it is hard to pick.  There was one called Frosty, Cool Colors I just had to try.  Of course, I did not have their great design stamp or for that matter any of the materials.  In fact this is pretty much not like theirs at all.  But it did inspire me to try and make something like that.

Here is what I used.

Watercolour paper – these were pages that the original painting was, well let’s say “not up to par”.  I cut them 1/4 inch smaller all around than the card I was placing them on.

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Watercolour

Next I swished water over (on the clean back side!) in a back and forth slant, not really filling in or covering my paper.  On to this, I dropped or splatted four different colour blue paints from my palette and let it run where it wanted to.  Once all the colour was dropped in, I took a blow dryer to it.  I am terribly patient that way.

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I stamped on the Christmas/Winter design from my Close To My Heart Stamps and poured over silver embossing power. My stamps were not as loose and airy as the one in Frosty, Cool Colors but I was still pleased with the results.

Next I managed to find some Close To My Heart paper.  This was a feat as most of my studio is still stuffed into the front porch, but a girl has to do what a girl has to do!   Christmas Cards 6

Don’t you just love those colours?  I cut the background paper the same size as the card and used some thin glue dots to attach both the background and the picture.  It was such a fast easy method and I think the results are great.

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Are you sending cards this year?  Will you make your own?

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