Cardstock Carnival

Hello and welcome aboard our Cardstock Carnival Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 


If you have arrived here from ArtyMaz then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s fantastic white core cardstock range.

Thanks to Covid-19 I have been unable to run my normal technique classes and thus these are some things that I shared via a virtual retreat this last weekend on Facebook.

The focus was looking at different ways to distress and or customize cardstock pieces. Normally each class we would work on a sheet like this together and then create the projects.

The Cardstock Carnival is on until the end of April and you can save 20-40% off cardstock depending upon which way your purchase it, with bundles saving you the most. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen’s Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Seas the Day

Hello and welcome aboard our “Seas The Day” Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 



If you have arrived here from CTMH Craftings then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a few creations which feature Close To My Heart’s Featured collection ‘Seas The Day”.

This layout is backed with sapphire cardstock and the netting looking pieces are from the Seas The Day Paper pack. I’ve used the zip strips and sticker sheet as well. Plus I’ve added in some left over Picture My Life cards (from the Seas The Day pack) to add extra blocks of colour, headings etc.

I also made some cards from the Picture My Life cards. I used some fairly as is, just trimmed to size. Others I fussy cut pieces out of. I’ve also used the Seas The Day Dots for extra embellishments. Not to forget a good dose of the Clear Shimmer Brush.

This exclusive “Seas The Day” Paper collection is only available, while stocks last, until the end of April.

This Workshop Your Way collection can be yours for just $53.  Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant.

Contact your CTMH consultant to place an order. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen’s Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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O-fish-ally Awesome

Hello and welcome aboard our April Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Doris’ Creative Inspirations then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

What a crazy time at the moment, But I’m totally grateful for my crafting habit and my stash of supplies. Today I would like to share with you a couple of cards which feature Close To My Heart’s April Stamp of the Month “O-fish-ally Awesome”.

This first card was inspired by the art work by the CTMH art studio, but I put my own spin on it as always. The background paper and the starfish at the bottom (and side of the shaker edge) are cut from some of the Seas the Day Picture My Life Cards. The outer rim of the fish bowl shaker is cut from the Dreamy Holographic Paper. The main colouring is done with the Tri-Blend Markers. However, the water and sand in the tank are done with watercolour pencils and then blended with the Clear Shimmer Brush to give the water more sparkle. The before assembly photo is on the left. I stamped and fussy cut some of the shells and fish etc. to add into the shaker with the Silver and Julep sequins.

This next card is a version of a tri-fold card that I created at a consultant day run by my friend Paula. The card base was made from a piece of cardstock. After folding the card base in half the front was placed inside the embossing folder, with the back under the embossing folder and run through my cuttlebug. This dry embossed the front. I then cut a circle out of the front. Inside the card a insert was stuck in which is where all the main stamping inside the fish bowl was done.

Tip: If you are colouring with markers then do this on scrap card and fussy cut and stick in. Otherwise it shows through the cardstock into the middle.

This exclusive Stamp of The Month is only available during April. It can be yours for just $9 with a qualifying order of $80 or for $34 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop ArtyMaz.

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Family Legacy

Hello and welcome aboard our “Family Legacy” March Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Lauren’s CTMH Craftings Blog then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s March Stamp of the Month – Family Legacy.

This layout has a base of French Vanilla Cardstock that I have then rubbed Mink Ink Pad over the surface to distress it a bit. The patterned papers are from the new “Yesterday & Today” paper collection, and the stars are from the “Yesterday & Today foil die cuts”.

Here is another version of basically the same layout, but with my fast becoming favourite mixed media style. Same papers, with the matching inks used to distress the background – in a similar style to my layout shared in a post last month.

This exclusive Stamp of The Month is only available during July. It can be yours for just $9 with a qualifying order of $80 or for $34 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop ArtyMaz.

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Keep Your Head Up – Bushfire Relief Charity Stamp Set

This is a very special round of the Australasian Close To My Heart Blog Hop. We are featuring the special stamp set “Keep Your Head Up” (W1202), proceeds will be donated to relief efforts for the current Australian bush fires (via the Australian Red Cross). This beautiful stamp set costs only $10 – and the full $10 is going to the relief fund.

If you followed the hop from Lauren’s CTMH Crafting, welcome. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I’d like to share with you three cards that I’ve made using the stamp set, some scrap of paper from my stash and my favourite card inspiration “Make It From Your Heart” Vol 4. I can’t talk these books up enough. When you aren’t feeling the creative juices flowing these are great to give you ideas. And the best bit all the measurements are there so you can quickly cut the pieces and create.

If you’ve really like the stamp set be sure to grab it from your CTMH consultant. If you don’t have a consultant I’d love you to purchase it through me here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Passionate About Pages.

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Celebrate Today

Hello and welcome aboard our “Celebrate Today” Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from “Passionate About Pages” then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Featured collection “Celebrate Today”. This project is another mixed media special.

Using predominately cardstock and a few highlight pieces of Celebrate Today papers, the sticker sheet and some Julep Shimmer Trim. The background was created by scrunching up some cellophane wrap from a product packaging and dipping this into some ink and water mixed. I then dabbed the mix onto the background. I used three different colours. Then I mixed some texture paste with ink to colour it and using a hexagon stencil I scrapped texture paste in a few places. Once dry I added the hexagon stamping randomly in both first and second generation. This helped to anchor the pattern to the page and make some of the colour pop more. I also added some of the star stickers too.

Behind the wooden arrow I stamped some splotches. The balloons were fussy cut from a Celebrate Today Picture My Life card. The shaker pocket is a 3×3 flip flap with sequins and stars, then sealed shut. You lift up to add journalling.

This layout will feature in my technique classes I’m running later in the month.

This second page was designed by Doreen Camalleri and we created this at a consultant training day. It utilities the matching stamp set. The tag has been cut from a PML card and the flowers are fussy cut from the main paper. My customers made this at my workshop earlier in the month.

This exclusive product is available until the end of the month while stocks last. Please contact your CTMH consultant to purchase. If you don’t have a consultant I’d love you to take a look on my website. Paper packs start from $13 and you can get both scrapbooking and cardmaking kits too.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to Arty Maz.

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Cherishing Her

Hello and welcome aboard our February “Cherishing Her” Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Creative Inspirations then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a couple of creations which features Close To My Heart’s February Stamp of the Month. A good thing to note with this stamp of the month is that you have the option to purchase it in the English or American spellings. I’ll put the codes at the bottom for you.

Card Number 1

This card was created using the bunch of flowers stamp in Charcoal ink and repeating just the flowers section on a piece of white cardstock. Sometimes the leaves and flowers overlapped a little bit, which I didn’t mind.

The sentiment is stamped onto the square from the the centre of a piece from one of the Celebrate Today Subscription kits. But you could create a similar look with a white piece of card matted on an ombre coloured piece. The ‘mum’ I stampped in Lagoon Ink, whilst the rest is in Intense Black.

The strip of striped blue is a piece from the Celebrate Today papers, and some of the new Soft Pink Shimmer Trim. I raised the stamped background piece up with 3D foam tape off the card base. Some with the sentiment.

Cards Numbers 2 & 3

The card below uses the new Scallop Circle Thin Cut, some Silver Embellishing Thread, and some Cool Mint Stickles (in the centre of the flowers), combined again with the blue paper from Celebrate Today Collection. Plus this time some white Glitter Paper. The white background on the left card has been dry embossed with a floral embossing folder.

I made these two cards the other week at a consultant training day. They were designed by my friend Doreen. And are beautiful classic cards.

The last artwork I wish to leave you with is from the CTMH Art Studio. You can see this stamp set really works with any colour palette.

This exclusive Stamp of The Month is only available during July. It can be yours for just $9 with a qualifying order of $80 or for $34 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. Remember to get the English spelling make sure you use code S2002E. Without the E you’ll get the American ‘mom’.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop Lauren’s CTMH Craftings.

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Bring Back My Pack “Urban”

Hello and welcome aboard our Urban Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Lauren’s CTMH Craftings then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a scrapbook creation which features Close To My Heart Featured collection “Urban”.

This layout was created again with scraps left over after making the projects from the Urban Workshop Kit. I didn’t have a lot left over, so using some French Vanilla Cardstock as my base I set about grunging up the background, drawing on skills that I’ve been learning at an Art Journaling course I’ve been doing. Instead of paint for the background I rubbed Saffron and Toffee Exclusive Ink pads across the surface. I then stamped a variety of the stamps from the matching stamp set in a variety of places around the page – in a trio. I used a variety of Sapphire, Peacock, Toffee and Pewter Exclusive Inks. At times you’ll see that the stamp is not stamped correctly, either incomplete or even sideways/upside down and this is by design. Along with first, second and even third or fourth generation stamping. I also scrapped in the unstamped areas some transparent texture paste and then sprinkled Gold Embossing Powder on it whilst still wet. I choose not to heat the embossing powder, instead leaving it grainy to create another texture on the page.

To wet your appetite here are some other creations from the CTMH Art Studio.

This exclusive Urban Collection is only available until the end of January.

This Workshop Kit can be yours for just $64.  Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Passionate About Pages.

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Spruced Up

Hello and welcome aboard our “Spruced Up” Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Passionate About Pages then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you two creations which feature the Close To My Heart Featured collection “Spruced Up”.

This card was made using the Spruced Up Papers and the Spruced Up – Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cut Set. The bird was stamped in Expresso Exclusive Ink, the branch in New England Ivy Exclusive Ink, and the title in Intense Black Exclusive Ink. Inspiration for this card was taken from a card I saw created by another consultant, Anna Jarnagin.

Another using up scraps layout that I love to do. The papers were left overs after I’d made up a kit that we, as consultants, were given at a Catalogue Launch Event. The beauty of this layout is that you don’t need big pieces. None of the patterned papers that “go under” the photograph actually go under. I just had two pieces the same width and poke out each side – using my ruler to line them up. The little birds on branches were fussy cut from some of the paper.

This exclusive Spruced Up Collection is only available until the end of February, while stocks last. To wet your appetite here are some other projects from the CTMH Art Studio.

The Spruced Up Scrapbooking Workshop Kit can be yours for just $62.  Individual components can also be ordered from your CTMH consultant. Plus there is a Spruced Up Cardmaking Workshop Kit for $53. Along with stamp sets and more.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, ArtyMaz.

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Everyday Magic

Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our January 2020 Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. Wow to be typing 2020 seems crazy. Where did 2019 go? But you are going to love this stamp set.

If you have arrived here from Doreen’s Blog then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s January Stamp of the Month “Everyday Magic”.

I decided that this time around I was in need of some cards to top up my stash (I regularly give cards to friends and work colleagues for a variety of occasions). The new Celebrate Today Picture My Life Cards, the new Lagoon and Raspberry Shimmer Brushes, the new Soft Pink Shimmer Trim, and the new Holographic Paper had taken my fancy from the new Catalogue that has been released today. I combined these with some old favourites like Julep Glitter Gems, Pewter and Intense Black Exclusive Inks, and 3D foam tape.

The end result was these cards. And I’ve still got left over PML cards to make more. I just ran out of time in this sitting. I feel that these sentiment stamps will make for beautiful scrapbook pages and cards alike. I’d love to see what you create with them.

Some of the cards have used sentiments that were already printed on the cards. While others use sentiments from the stamp set. And the grey hearts are from the stamp set. I can see a lot of them in my future.

This exclusive Stamp of The Month is only available during January. It can be yours for just $9 with a qualifying order of $88 or for $34 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop – Creative Inspirations with Doris.

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