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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Best Friends Furever

Hello and welcome aboard our “Best Friends Forever” Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Lauren’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 something non Christmas… yay!! It’s a creation which features the Close To My Heart “Best Friends Furever” Collection. And I’ve totally chosen to use it in a non pet kind of way.

With the backing yellow pattern I actually cut the centre out so the middle wasn’t wasted and used it to mat the photos. I’ve also added a bit piece of cardstock under the “living our best lives” sticker to make it stand out from the background. And the “treat yourself” stick was actually dog bone shaped – but I cut of the sides to make it appear like a dovetailed piece.

This exclusive Best Friends For Ever Collection is only available until the end of December. You can purchase papers, stamps and even a mini album kit.

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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Cedar and Pine

Hello and welcome aboard our “Cedar and Pine” Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 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 Featured collection “Cedar and Pine”. I created this whilst in Utah back in November at the CTMH Album Retreat. and we were using Cedar and Pine along with Mix In Papers and also papers from a few older paper packs and embellishments that you can still find available in the Online Only section of the CTMH website.

This layout combines the Cedar and Pines papers, the wooden arrows (which I have coloured black by rubbing across the Black Ink Pad), the Every Little Thing Vellum Die Cuts (coloured on the back with Tri-Blend Markers), some of the x9007 Mix In Papers, and black cardstock. The flower embellishments were fussy cut from a piece of paper.

Don’t forget that using up the scraps is still a great thing to do. This layout combines scraps from four different paper packets.

This exclusive Cedar and Pine Collection  is only available until the end of December. The Cedar and Pine Scrapbook Kit can be yours for just $58.50.  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, Lauren’s Blog.

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Reindeer Crossing

Hello and welcome aboard our December 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. 

Today I would like to share with you a couple of cards which features Close To My Heart’s December Stamp of the Month – Reindeer Crossing.

I’ve chosen to use this stamp set to make a couple of Christmas Cards.

This card uses the pine branch with pine cone stamped in Evergreen Exclusive Ink around a circle I drew using the inside of the 3D foam tape as a size scale. When stamping the branch cluster I overlapped the branches, and the stick end of the branch almost into the centre of the circle. I then fussy cut this wreath out and attached with 3D foam to the white daisy cardstock piece (approximately 5″ x 3.75″). I cut a circle from Evergreen Card Stock with the Stitched Circle Thin Cuts, and used this to cover the centre ‘mess’. For extra sparkle I added a circle thin cut from Gold Glitter paper. The sentiment was stamped in Ruby Exclusive Ink. This white daisy cardstock was matted onto Ruby cardstock.

This time I’ve stamped the pine branch and pine cone along the edge of a masked area that I later stamped the sentiment in. Again I fussy cut this piece and attached with 3D foam to the white daisy cardstock and matted with Evergreen cardstock.

This exclusive Stamp of The Month is only available during December. 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 Lauren’s CTMH Craftings.



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It’s a Holly Jolly Christmas

Hello and welcome aboard our Holly Jolly 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 some Christmas Cards that I made up using the scraps left over from the Holly Jolly Cardmaking Workshop and also the Holly Jolly Scrapbooking Workshop.

I combined the paper scraps and stickers with the Picture My Life (PML) Cards, compliment stickers, glitter paper, bling, shimmer brushes and stickles.

This exclusive Holly Holly Paper Collection is only available until the end of December. It is perfect for your not so traditional style Christmas and would be great for making decorations, and cute off the page projects to make your Christmas Celebrations amazing. Below are some art work created by the CTMH Art Studio.

Contact your CTMH consultant to orders yours now. 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 Crafting.

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Family Time

Hello and welcome aboard our November Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

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 November Stamp of the Month – Family Time.

I’ve chosen to use this stamp set to make a couple of Christmas Cards.

This card uses the flower stamped in Candy Apple Exclusive Ink directly onto the card base, random stamping style, with the line detail stamped in Ruby Exclusive Ink. The centre of the flowers is a gold glitter gem. The sentiment stamp I cut in half to place it on the block like this and then stamped it in Versa Mark Ink, embossed in gold embossing powder. The blue square and the black tree pattern paper have come from the new X9009 Mix In Paper packet. And it is trimmed with gold sequin ribbon.

The second card again uses the Mix In Paper packet. This time I’ve added Green Apple cardstock as the card base. The sentiment takes the word Christmas from the “Candyland” stamp set and the “time is the best time” from the Family Time Stamp of the Month. Again I cut this sentiment in half to position it before stamping in versamark over Black Exclusive Inks and then embossing with clear embossing powder. A little bit of clear shimmer brush to add extra sparkle and some Holly Jolly Dots finish off the title. The dovetailed flags are tops with black shimmer trim and a bow from the Cedar and Pine Bows.

This is a double layout created by the CTMH Art Studio.

This exclusive Stamp of The Month is only available during November. 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 Lauren’s CTMH Craftings.

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Spooktacular

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

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

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Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Spooktacular Paper Collection. Even for those of you that don’t celebrate Halloween there is still a lot of cool things you can do with this paper.

I have chosen today to share a modified 4-3-2 Method double layout. I started by matting my Black backing cardstock in Lemon cardstock to give a distinct framed look to my pages.

Then I choose my three patterns I wish to work with from the Spooktacular Papers. The bold Icon Green paper I cut two strips of 4 x 11 1/2″. The Orange Chicken Wire Paper I cut two strips 3 x 11 1/2″. And the Black Spot Paper I cut two 2 x 11 1/2″ strips. Plus I added two zip strips.

The photos I’ve chosen to mat in Thistle Cardstock. And the embellishments came from the Spooktacular Sticker Sheet and also black dots from the Black and White Dots.

Here are the Spooktacular layouts and cards that you can download instructions for from the CTMH website until the end of October.

This exclusive Spooktacular Paper Collection is only available during October.

This Spooktacular Workshop Kit (including the thin cuts and stamps) can be yours for just $93.50.  Individual components can be ordered as well 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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