Sunday, 30 November 2014

Cyber Monday Cricut Sale

Cyber Monday Only: 20% Off All Cricut® Collections!

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, 1 December 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (AEDT) on 1 December and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night.

This is the selection of  Cricut cartridge bundles available. The regular price is $130.00 but now only $104.00 with 20% off. You can buy these from my CTMH website.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Christmas Ideas

With Christmas just 4 weeks  away I have been spending more time at my crafting table. Here are a few more ideas for Christmas crafts. The blue bag is made using 2 sheets of 12x12 Christmas paper, the tag is cut from the Artiste Cricut cartridge and then stamped with the ornament stamp. The brown paper bags are quite cheap to buy and when you decorate them with Christmas paper and stamps they look great. I made these 2 Christmas cards last year but didn't use them, so they will be going out to someone this year.
 Her are the instructions to make this bag, you will need 2 sheets of the same double sided 12x12 paper. Score and fold at 3" on 3 sides of the paper and 2" at the top of the paper on both sheets. Make sure you score both sheets of paper the same. The 2" scored section will be folded down to become the contrast at the top of the bag, On one sheet cut the 2 squares where the score lines intersect at the bottom of the page, these 2 3" squares are not needed. With the other sheet of paper cut in from the sides to the intersection on both sides making 2 flaps. Take the sheet with the squares removed and glue a piece of coordinating card stock measuring 3"x 6" to the flap. This forms the base of the bag. Align the second sheet of paper so the flap covers the other flap with card stock and glue together, the card stock will now be hidden. Stand the bag up and glue the side flaps. To finish punch 2 holes at the top on both sides and thread ribbon through to make handles. I did not come up these instructions, they were kindly shared by another CTMH consultant.

Pink and lime green seem to be the new in colours for Christmas rather than the traditional green and red. I think they are nice for a change.

Saturday, 22 November 2014


The Americans and Canadians set aside a special day for thanksgiving, we don't do that here in Australia but I am thankful each day for the many blessings that come my way. A few months ago my sister set me a facebook challenge to post 3 things I was thankful for, over 5 days. I was surprised how easy it was to come up with 3 things each day. They weren't necessarily big things usually it was the little things that was so special, like a straight run home on the freeway after work on a Friday afternoon. It was my birthday 2 weeks ago, and I wanted to send a few "Thank You" cards to my wonderful family and friends who celebrated  my birthday with me, here are 2 of them.

Top card  "Chalk It Up" Paper Pack X7184B and Assortment pack Z3009, Corner Rounder Z1912, Casual Expressions Occasions stamp set D1525, Stitch Guide Z1852, star punch that I have had for many years.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas Cards

Christmas is fast approaching and as always there is so much to do before it arrives.These are a few quick cards I made, I think the embossed cardstock really makes the cards pop.


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Simple but Sweet

 I enjoy making a variety of cards these two are quite simple but rather sweet I think. I really like the white background with just a bit of colour. I am trying to make a few each week so eventually I will have at least one in my card box for every month. There are some months when I have multiple birthdays in the same month, so the plan is to have enough in my card box to pick the right one for each recipient.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.
If you have arrived here from  Vandra's blog  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.

This month's Stamp of the Month "It's The little Things" S1411 is available exclusively throughout November for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75.
This stamp is great for making cards, decorating a layout or as I have used it, to decorate one of the Home Decor items. I love the versatility of all the stamps. This is one of the Pennant Frames, the photo is of the many birds that come to play in my bird birth. The little honey eater birds are just beautiful and have a great time splashing in the bird bath. It really is the "little things" that bring such joy to our lives.

 I covered the frame with paper from the Brushed paper pack X7190 and have added butterflies from the Your Own Kind of Wonderful stamp set D1627, a bird cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and one of the Black Flourishes Z1749. I used complimentary inks, of course you would use whatever matches your project.

To continue on the bog hop, hop over to  Mandy's Hall of Indulgence