Sunday, 30 June 2013

Close To My Heart Blog Hop

I am participating in a blog hop for Kat who is starting out with CTMH products. If you are interested in purchasing the products and don't have a local dealer please visit

For my projects I used the Pinwheel stamp set and some of the Reflections Dream Pop papers.

My first project is a card for my Son's birthday next month. I started by colouring a piece of white cardstock with various colours of pigment inks, then stamped some stars at the top with Alabaster fluid chalk ink. I outlined the edges with a black marker then attached it to a piece of grey cardstock with a clear resist pattern printed on it and layered it on a piece of black cardstock.

I stamped the small pinwheels on a piece of the Reflections Dream Pop  patterned paper with a black stamp pad, cut them out and added a brad to the centre. I stamped the little "stick" to add to the pinwheels.

I printed a picture of my son, outlined it with the black marker and adhered it to the front panel. and attached the pinwheels. I attached a strip of the grey resist cardstock at the bottom. Stamped the sentiment and coloured the stars with a glitter gel pen and attached it with double-sided foam tape.
To complete the card I stamped two stars and coloured them with the gel pen.

I decided to do a second project using a canvas. I started by finding a picture that I liked which is a freebie from a blog and based the colour palette on the picture.

I painted the canvas with different shades of purple acrylics and added a bit of white acrylic around it. When dry I placed a stencil on the canvas and added molding paste, and coloured it with Smooch ink. When it dried, added the picture with gel medium underneath and over the top and framed it with the little stamped pieces from the pinwheel set.

When looking at the stamp set, I thought that the little pinwheels could be used as flowers. So I stamped several in different colours, cut them out and layered them and attached a button. I added some embossing powder to the edges to give it some dimension. I cut out the sentiment from another piece of Reflections Dream Pop  patterned paper and glued it to the bottom and added the flowers around the picture.

I decided to do one more project using all the lovely decorative papers and settled on a file folder book. I used several different papers and sentiments. I also made tags from the scraps.

On the front I used the Tim Holtz die to make the little Rosette with one of the papers that was really colourful.

Of course there will be prizes to be won by leaving a comment on the posts.  

Lets get this hop started! Below are the links to each designers‘ blogs. If you get lost along the way- just come back here: 


leida said...

oh my goodness. i have never seen those pinwheels! really cute and you did some awesome work with them!

Ree M Swartz said...

Rena I love your pinwheels! Your art is beautiful just as the canvas says. Ree

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Cheryl Lomax said...

Beautiful, I just love the owl on the cover!
Cheryl Lomax

Cheryl Lomax said...

I love your projects, gorgeous!