Sunday, 20 May 2018

Beautiful Friendship Blog Hop

Welcome to our Beautiful Friendship blog hop, if you arrived here from Vandra's blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance I hope you see something you like and to continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.

Oh my I love this collection, the papers, compliments and the stamp set is truly beautiful. Working with such a lovely collection is a great pleasure. All of the papers are stunning and the compliments pack is so pretty. The Workshop Your Way kit is great value for your money, it is only $45.00 and contains so many different products.

 This stamp and Thin Cut set is so versatile, I can see me using it for so many different projects, cards layouts and 3D projects.

 In March I attended the CTMH convention in Melbourne and while there I went to the Melbourne Flower Show. It was wonderful and I took so many photos of the beautiful floral arrangements. I want to thank for the inspiration for this layout, I found one of her layouts on Pinterest. I wanted the photos to be the main focus of the layout and the papers just to compliment the photos. I added the flourishes to the edges and then the two die cut words, a really simple layout. As I said I wanted the photos to be the focus so I had them printed with 2 on a 4"x6 photo size. I am sure all machines have this option in the collage section. By printing them this size I got more on my page but didn't loose any of the subject of the picture.

I really enjoy making boxes and I found the instructions to make this box a few years ago but never got around to making it. It looks like a normal box but it opens in a different way, the lid and the box is all in one. One of the things I really love about CTMH products are how the different compliments works so well together. This Blue Burlap Ribbon matches the Beautiful Friendship papers beautifully. You need the Belly Band to hold the box together, but it also adds a lovely decorative touch to the box. You can download the instructions to make this box here

My last project uses the teapot stamp set. It is a side step card and I thought this style of card was what was needed to showcase this lovely stamp set. You can use our cards from the Value Pack to make this type of card but I wanted to use the Sapphire Cardstock for my base. After stamping the teapot I felt it needed something else so I decided to emboss it using the Dot Embossing Folder Z1924, it gave it a nice textured look. This card will fit in a standard envelope, and it will look really nice when left out on display.

You can easily find the instructions to make this card on Pinterest or watch a video on You Tube.

Thanks again for stopping by, to see some other wonderful ideas click here to go to  Megan's blog, she always has terrific projects to share. I really appreciate you taking a moment to leave a comment.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Postcard Perfect Blog Hop

Welcome to the Postcard Perfect blog hop, this collection is a special release for National Scrapbook Month. If you arrived here from Wendy'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.

This collection is lovely perfect for holiday photos, especially those from a beach holiday. The stamp set is gorgeous.

I have been working on my holiday to the Bahamas in 2015 and this collection worked beautifully with these photos.

I came across a video on You Tube for this great pop up card that only uses one piece of cardstock and it is so easy to make. I have used the lovely flowers from the stamp set and the Happy Birthday thin cut to decorate the card. I added a few bitty sparkles to the center of the flowers, which I coloured with the Shin Han markers.

You use a piece of cardstock that is 5.5" x 4.25" make a pencil mark along the 4.25" side at 2.75"  from one edge to the other. Then make marks with a pencil at 1.25" to the center pencil line, on both edges of one side of the 5.5" edge. Then make a mark at 2.75" (the middle point) on the other side. Score along the line between the 2 marks from the edge. Cut along the marks on both edges to the center point, as shown in the photo below.  Add a strip of cardstock .75" x 4" to the front of the card to stabilize it and add the extra decorations.  You need to watch the video here that explains how to fold the card to make the pop up.

Thank you for stopping by click here to go to  Vandra's blog to see more great ideas. Please take a moment and leave a comment, they are greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

May Stamp of the Month "Classic Summer Bash"

Welcome to the May 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 nice to see you and I hope you find some inspiration.

 The Classic Summer Bash stamp set has some great images and sentiments and will be terrific for summer layouts, party invitations and lots more.


    This is the first time I have taken photos specifically to suit the stamp of the month. Jet and Atley spent a few days with me in the recent school holidays and I thought what a great opportunity to make home made lemonade. Atley was a trooper and helped me squeeze the lemons. We had the lemonade with our lunch. I stamped the Mason jars on vellum with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. After fussing cut them I then coloured the jars with lagoon ink and a sponge.

Here are a couple of close ups of the title and the mason jars. I stamped and cut the lemon and leaves image twice once in yellow ink and then again with green ink. I colored the lemon with the yellow Shinn Han marker, I used the 3D foam tape to raise the lemon image.

Receiving a handmade card is so special, and I love sending them to friends and family. I planned this card as a masculine card but it could easily be given to female family or friends.

Thank you for stopping by, to see more great ideas click here to go to Nell's blog. I am sure she will have something great to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, they are very much appreciated.

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.