Sunday, 15 April 2018

Gimme Some Sugar Blog Hop

Welcome to our CTMH Gimme Some Sugar blog hop if you arrived here from Doreen's blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance I hope you see something you like, to continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post to see some more wonderful ideas.

The Gimme Some Sugar collection is so lovely, with soft colours and feelings of nostalgia. The beautiful papers and compliments and the super cute baking icon stamps will look great with just about any project. I have created two layouts and a card to share with you.

 Food is such a big part of our lives and if you are anything like me you take photos of  those special meals. Also one of the memorable things that I love doing with my grand nieces and nephews when they come to visit is cooking and baking. These times shared together are really special.

This layout showcases some of those special times. Food is essential to life but it also an important part of our social gatherings, there are comfort foods that make us feel better when we are stressed or worried and certain dishes remind us of special friends or relatives but meals shared with others is the best. I love this wood grain paper that I used as the background, and then only needed some of the zip strips for a bit of extra colour. The images were stamped with black ink and coloured with the Shin Han markers. I used one of the journal boxes for my title background and added the baked with love stamped banner and finally a second journal box to write my story.

The flower PML card is so pretty I wanted to feature it prominently on a layout.  These are the only two photos I have of this outing, so they allowed me to showcase some of the lovely papers from this collection and by fussy cutting the flowers out from the PML card it fitted beautifully on this layout.

I came across a video of how to make a pinwheel card months ago and finally got around to making one. It looks like it may be difficult to make but it is really easy you can see a video here that shows you how to make this card. The lady in the video uses a scoring board with a diagonal plate but the CTMH score board works perfectly but unfortunately it is now retired.

As Mother's Day is next month I thought I would make a Mother's Day card. You can add a specialty teabag, a gift card or even a small flat chocolate. The belly band is not needed to keep the card closed but it adds a nice decorative finish to the card.

Here are the instructions to make the card but if you have any difficulties remember to check out the video. You need a piece of paper that is 8"x8" you will need to score at 3" on all four sides but you score on the diagonal. Then fold and burnish the score lines, you will notice 4 small triangles on each side where the score lines intersect.

 Cut out these triangles, you will now need the score board again to score along the straight edges at 1" from the edge as shown in the photo. Fold these edges back, then fold each side in a clockwise motion to close the card. You will need to tuck the last side into the first side.  Add a square of cardstock to the inside where you can stamp a greeting and decoration as desired. The belly band is 3/4" wide and about 91/2"  long, join together at the front of the card and add the decoration to cover the joined sections.

You can make a smaller version with a 6"x6" piece of paper, you will be able to make four from a single sheet of 12"x12" paper. Your first score will be at 2 5/8" on all four sides and then 3/4" for the second score on the straight edges.

Would you like to see some more great ideas, click here to go to Vandra's Virtual CTMH Craftroom, I am sure she has something wonderful to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment they are very much appreciated. 

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Stargazer Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stargazer blog hop, if you arrived here from Rachel's Creative Workshops you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance, I hope you like what you see and just click on the link at the end of this post and be inspired by what everyone else has created.

Oh my this paper collection and stamp sets are wonderful and so much fun to work with. I love the bright colours and the positive reinforcement sentiments of the stamp are really great.  


I am so privileged to be part of a big family and that we enjoy spending time together. Watching the kids grow up and mature I get a glimpse of what sort of adults they will be. They each have their own distinct personalities, good and bad characteristics and are real stars to me. I have high hopes for all of them, I know they are all super in my eyes. So I decided to create a layout to show them that I think they are all super kids.

To celebrate a super hero's birthday we need a super hero's card and this is what I have made. I wanted to show Super Girl flying so this is what I came up with. Close To My Heart have a fabulous special on the thin cuts, stamp and thin cut sets. You can save 25% on all available Thin Cuts, and 30% on select bundles, check it out on my website Even though I find fussy cutting quite relaxing using the thin cuts for certain images is so much easier. I cut the super girl image twice because when you colour the image, it sometimes bleeds through and I didn't want that to be seen. This pop up card is really easy to make, the white insert is 7.5" x 4.75", once folded in half make a mark 2.5" from center fold on both sides and also 2.5" down from top of center fold. Then make a score line from each side to the center mark. Once scored fold to make up the pop up detail. You can see a video here with instructions


Thank you for stopping by, click here to go to Nell's blog, I am sure she has created something wonderful. Please leave a comment, I love reading them and they are very much appreciated.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Scrapbooking Weekend

Last weekend was a long public holiday weekend and I caught up with some of my scrapping buddies and managed to get a few layouts completed. I visited the Bahamas with my mum and brother in 2015 it was a lovely visit we got to meet the newest member of the family. My niece had a gorgeous baby girl a few weeks before we arrived and it was wonderful seeing her for the first time. She had a full head of dark hair and was so beautiful. She is my mum's 18th great grandchild.

I thought it was time I started scrapping the photos of that holiday and here are a few layouts. Unfortunately the Bahamas is a very long way from Perth Western Australia and it takes anything up to 38 hours flying time. My dream is one day to fly business class and be able to actually lie down to sleep. This is the first page of this holiday album.

Our first stop in the Bahamas was the capital Nassau where I grew up and lived before we moved to Australia. The Bahamas consists of about 20 islands large enough to be inhabited, but records show there are about 700 islands all told. We stayed on Paradise Island which is just across the harbour from Nassau. I had heard about the Cloisters when we were living there but I had never been to see it.  The Cloisters are the beautiful remains of a 14th Century French Augustinian monastery that was located in Montrejau, France.

From Nassau we then went to Marsh Harbour Abaco, one of what the Bahamians call the Family Islands. It is here that my two nieces live and where we spent the most time. There are a number of settlements and small islands that are called cays (pronounced key) that are worth visiting. These areas are all very modernized but there are still a few old wooden buildings that hark back to the past.

Thank you for stopping by, I will add a few more layouts later.  Happy scrapping!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the March Stamp of the Month blog hop, if you arrived here from Doreen's blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance no worries, you can continue the hop by clicking on the link at the end of this post.

March's stamp "Birthday Times" is perfect for  birthday cards and layouts, but can also be used used for other celebrations and invitations.

I think Operation Smile is such a great charity and so worthy of support. The surgery that they do to repair cleft lips and palates is amazing.  Close To My Heart has supported Operation Smile for many years and when you purchase the Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart will donate $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™ I have used one of these stamps with the Birthday Times  to make this card. The little animals and punny sayings are so cute.

All children love their birthday, they anticipate it month's in advance and reaching double figures is a real milestone. Of course they can't wait to receive and open their presents. Lucy turned 10 this year and seeing her mature is wonderful. In a recent school project she described herself as an AWESOME friend I love that she has such good self esteem, lots of us struggle with this. This is quite a simple layout and came together really quickly. The little flower gems from the Make Waves collection are adorable.

Thanks again for stopping by, to continue the hop click here to go to Maz's  blog, she will have some great to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, it is really appreciated.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Make Waves Blog Hop

Welcome to our Make Waves Blog Hop, if you arrived here from Nel's blog  you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance it's nice to see you, you can continue the hop by clicking on the link at the end of this post.

The Make Waves kit is wonderful, the colours of the papers and the embellishments are fantastic. It's is a mermaid theme but don't be fooled you can use these papers and compliments for any number of different projects.  I have used some of the papers and this wonderful stamp set in my projects.

A few friends and I decided on a High Tea for our Christmas get together and I have created a layout with these photos. Who would have thought these papers could be used for A Christmas layout? I have used the pale pink, and the shaded green papers with one of the Zip Strips. To decorate the page I used the Christmas tree and reindeer stamps from the Beary Christmas stamps and thin cuts set Z4047. This set is still available in the Going Soon section of my website.

I stamped the trees on vellum with Vesamark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. The reindeer was also stamped on vellum then heat embossed with the gold embossing powder. I coloured the baubles on the tree with a Shin Han Marker.

My tea setting was so pretty, I thought I would replicated it using last year's May Stamp of the Month and the sentiment was perfect for these photos as well.

I am thrilled with how this card turned out, I saw a similar party invitation in an Etsy Shop online and couldn't wait to try making it as a birthday card. I cut the card using a shape from the Artiste Cricut cartridge, it's on page 33 (Accent 4) The Lagoon cardstock was cut at 6.25" and the white at 6" The mermaid is cut out from the mermaid paper. The mermaid stamp was too big for this card. The little sparkly flower embellishments are the cutest things I have ever seen.

To make the card fold the cricut shape in half, you will need to cut away sections of the card to get the clam shell shape. I have drawn lines on the photo below so you can see what I mean.

These photos show the pop up sections that I added the mermaid, flowers, starfish and grasses to. 

This card is called a Z fold card and is really easy to make. I used one of the cards from the Card and Envelope Value Pack X254. The front of the card is folded back on it's self then you decorate as desired. Finally add the Z fold strip, this strip allows you to add extra decorations.

Thanks again for stopping by, to continue the hop click here to go to Kara's blog, I am sure she has created something really special. Please take a moment and leave a comment it is always appreciated.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop "Sunny Thoughts"

Hello and welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you arrived here by chance, take your time and have a look around, if you arrived here from Nell Ward's blog  you are in the right place. To continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.

This month's stamp Sunny Thoughts S1802 has lots of lovely sentiments, flowers and leaves  that will make creating your crafty projects so easy. It is only $7.50 with a purchase of $75.00 or $27.00 to buy.

 I love giving away little gifts to family and friends and sometimes all I need is a little bag for the gift, but of course I can't just use it as is. I have to decorate it and make it a bit prettier. Close to My Heart used to sell these cute little bags but they are now discontinued. I am sure you can get something similar at a discount store. I think the little Heart Clips Z3381 are gorgeous and are the perfect addition to the bag. They are only $10.50 for 6 clips, you can find them in the Embellishments folder on my CTMH website. Having multiple sizes of the flower stamps allows such versatility.

I really believe it is so important to not only tell children that you love them but also put in in writing.  I am told that it ensures they develop good self esteem and they learn that they have worth. Also encourage them to dream and know that with time and effort their dreams can come true.

I am trying to remember to send cards that express thanks and let others know that they are important to me. For this card I have stamped the flower spray directly on the card in Fern ink then stamped it again on a scrap of white cardstock using Glacier and Poppy ink, fussy cut the flowers and adhered them to the original stamped images. I used the White Burlap ribbon Z3323 to finish off the card.

Thank you for stopping by, to continue the hop click here to go to Doreen's blog. I am sure she will have something wonderful to share. I do really appreciate it when you take time to leave a comment.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Chelsea Gardens Blog Hop

Welcome to the Chelsea Garden blog hop if you arrived here from  Wendy Hopper's Blog, you are in the right place, if you arrived here by chance I am glad you stopped by and I hope my projects gives you some inspiration. To continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.

These beautiful papers and compliments are stunning, just wonderful for garden, girly or even masculine projects. The Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking  stamp and die cut set are also gorgeous and will compliment any project.

When working on my layouts I love using the CTMH How To  Books, there are three specifically for scrapbooking and the newest addition is for card making. You can find these books here and they really do make creating beautiful layouts and cards so much easier and quicker

I love how each pack of CTMH papers allows so many options, at first glance the Chelsea papers  immediately make you think of pretty projects and that is what I have created with this layout. The delicate butterflies and flowers are exquisite and worked beautifully with these photos. I have used Jupiter, Sweet Leaf and Glacier Inks. I curled the edges of the flowers with a bone folder and added a few gems and when you adhered them with the 3D Foam Tape it gives them a bit of dimension. Bending the butterflies in the middle before you add them to the page also does the same thing. I used pattern 13 in the Make It From The Heart Vol. 3 Ideas Book for this layout. I have only used the right side as a single page layout.

For this layout I used pattern 16 from the same How To Book, one of the great things about using these sketches is for each layout you have 4 options just by rotating the sketch in each direction. Again I have only used the left page of this layout as I only had 2 photos of this event. This is usually a rare occurrence for me, I normally have heaps of photos and needing to cull them is usually a problem. I have rotated the sketch so I have the strip of pattern paper on the top instead of the bottom. To decorate the layout I have used some of the elements in the Compliments pack and I've used the great Alphabet dies for the Happy Birthday title.

The new Gift Card Box Thin Cut die (Z4150) is a dream to use and you can decorate it any way you desire, I have used the beautiful bold flower paper to decorate the top of the box and complimentary papers for the sides. You can stamp the box with a background stamp before you cut it out for a different look, adding a ribbon would be lovely. The lovely butterfly stamp and a sentiment is just what is needed to enhance the box. This new die allows you to quickly and easily cut a 3.5" x 2.75" x .75" folded box. There is the option to add a window or a tag to the box. As the name implies the box fits a gift card perfectly or maybe some tea lights or a few chocolates.


  To continue the hop click here to go to Megan's blog I am sure she will have something wonderful to share. I really appreciate it when you take a moment and leave a comment before moving on to the next blog.