Sunday, April 1, 2018

Colour Your Life SOM Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Close to My Heart Australasian Blog Hop for April's Stamp of the Month "Colour Your Life"

Did you arrive here from Maz's Blog?  Just read to the end of this post and then click on the link to go right around and see what we have all been up to.

As the title suggests this stamp set is perfect for playing with shinhan markers, watercolour pencils or watercolours but it also works beautifully just stamped in a single colour coordinated with your cardstock.

Over the past few months you may have noticed that Close to My Heart have been matching Stamp of the Months to the featured paper suite for that month.  April's SOM works perfectly with the April paper pack "Gimme Some Sugar" which we will be featuring on the Blog Hop on the 15th.

First up I have some super simple cards to show you.
Using white daisy cardstock, bashful shimmer paper and our heart diecuts, Gimme Some Sugar patterned paper and a little bit of penwork - I think this would be perfect for a kitchen tea or even an engagement or birthday for a friend who loves cooking?

Using the juniper patterned paper from Gimme Some Sugar and a flower cluster from the complements with some itty bitty sparkles to add a finishing touch.

Again using Juniper patterned paper from Gimme Some Sugar but mixing it up with a sweet little scallop border from our thincuts, a few peacock 1/2 inch strips and a couple of leftover stickers from my Star Gazer Complements.

I returned from this year's CTMH convention with a renewed passion for meaningful journalling.  My Mother In Law turns 70 later this year. This stamp was just perfect for honouring her in a layout.  I used a Glacier cricut cut background and added a bit of torn paper in the corner for a bit of texture.  The stamping was done onto Linen cardstock which is a great option if you need something not quite so stark as white but still nice and neutral.

And this is the page I will be teaching at our Hearts SA Consultant meeting this month.  Just cut a 3/4inch strip off each side of your Bashful paper and then centre the square on Pewter cardstock.  Trim the Gimme Some Sugar Feature paper to an  8 inch square (saving the flip side and zip strip for the bottom border)  Print your "be Kind" sentiment onto white daisy and colour with Shin han markers.  I mounted it on a bit of Tangerine card cut at 1 and a 1/4 inches by 6 inches then dovetailed.  A little bit of pen work and a few freehand cut banners out of the scraps complete the look.  If this layout looks familiar it is because it is the one I showed for Star Gazer last month here

As is always the way with our Stamp of the Months, this little beauty is yours to take home for just $7.50 with a $75 order this month.  See your consultant to order or if you don't have a consultant shop with me at my Close to My Heart website
So what do you think? Can you see how versatile this stamp set is? Feel free to leave a comment and then hop on over to Georgia's Blog for some more Colour Your Life fun!
Hoppy Easter!
Keep smiling,
Nell 

6 comments:

Crop Craft Create said...

As much as I love your pages Nell, I love your storytelling even more. I am sure for those who feature in the stories that this will be the most treasured part of your albums.

Doreen Watkins said...

Like Megan, Nell, I love reading your stories.

Love your pages and cards!

Doris Taylor said...

A wonderful compilation of art work Nell. You obviously didn't need convincing about the importance of storytelling by Stacy at convention. Great stories!

Georgia O'Shea said...

lovely artwork on your cards and layouts. I really like your freehand borders around the mats. Nice effect!

Shaunna Richards said...

Gorgeous layouts and beautiful stories Nell.

Vandra said...

Your pages complete with stories are really amazing. I LOVE them so much. Wonderful.