Monday, November 11, 2019

World Kindness Day

November 13 is World Kindness Day, so make something to celebrate!  Maybe a card for a friend, a scrapbook layout of a special friendship, a little goodie to spread some cheer.

I created a layered floral thank you card- it may not look like much but a thank you card is always appreciated in my opinion and can pick up anyone's day.



I used one of my favourite templates to create this card- layered white cardstock stamped and then matted onto a coloured cardstock. If you would like the measurements, I have full instructions here.

Here the combination of Black, White Daisy and Sage makes this card easy to gift to anyone.

We'd love to see your World Kindness Day projects over at Heart 2 Heart challenges.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Holly Jolly Australasian CTMH Blog Hop




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

If you have arrived here from Danielle- Scrappychicks 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 Featured collection, Holly Jolly. I'd particularly like to share the adorable Holly Jolly Cardmaking Kit as I knew I had to have the elves the moment I saw them!

Holly Jolly Cardmaking Workshop Kit

This kit comes with enough materials to create 16 Christmas cards- plus the sweet little elves can be used on other projects too!

I changed up the cards slightly by doing half with the suggested paper and then turning the paper over to the other side to create a different look.

First up is the Special Delivery card, where the elf is holding a sign stamped on Peach cardstock.



This design gives you the opportunity to doodle some borders and I love how it makes the sentiment pop!



This peeking elf has fast become my favourite design- see him as well on this project.



Lastly, I love the candy stripe look of this design and that sentiment is so great- even my seven year old loves it!



These cards are all ready to be sent out to my friends and family for Christmas and I hope they love receiving them as much as I enjoyed making them.

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

New Product Blog Hop



Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop!  We will be featuring products from the new November-December Idea Book.

If you have come here from Becca’s Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

This month we have 21 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I decided to create a cute Christmas layout using the adorable Holly Jolly collection- I used a combination of the stamp sets, embellishments, papers and Picture My Life cards.

The layout was created on Peach cardstock, and then I added some of the Holly Jolly Paper Packet and Coordinating Cardstock as the base design.



I created an ombre title using Candy Apple ink, and then added a stamped holly embellishment from the Holly Jolly Scrapbooking stamp set. The smaller sentiment is the only non-Holly Jolly item but is also a new product- it is from the Cedar and Pine Cardmaking stamp set. I created some dimension by using the Holly Jolly Dots for the red berries and also on the elf hat. Isn't the elf cute? He's from the Holly Jolly Cardmaking Workshop Kit.



The photos are broken up by a Holly Jolly Picture My Life card, which coordinates with the present border I made using the Holly Jolly Cardmaking stamp set.



With this adorable range of Christmas products, I'm definitely Holly Jolly about Christmas!

Now "Hop" on over to Miss Carrie's Creations Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

November SOTM Blog Post- Family Time

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!



We will be featuring November's SOTM, which is Family Time, a set of 18 stamps.



If you have come here from Darlys' Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.

 If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

 This month we have 21 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I decided to create a layout that could be used for a variety of different themes. Using the Mix In Papers, this layout could be used for the beach, family photos, Christmas holidays or anything else where I can count my blessings!

This layout is created only using cardstock, the Mix In paper packet and the Stamp of the Month.


I created a banner from Toffee and Sage cardstock, and added the heart accent from the stamp set.



The sentiment was directly stamped from one of the sentiments in Toffee ink, and I added a Sage stamped branch. The polka dot strip is from the Mix In Zip Strip- isn't it cute?



I added a border on the Toffee cardstock by using the stamp set, and the last embellishment was to stamp the flower with Saffron ink with Sage leaves and add some gold embossing powder to accent.



Now "Hop" on over to Miss Carrie's Creations to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

Remember, the SOTM is only available until the end of November!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Australasian SOTM Blog Hop- 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 Scrappychicks 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.

Family Time—November Stamp of the Month

At first glance this may look like a typical title scrapbook set, but I wanted to showcase how it could be used to make cards using the pretty floral stamp.

I stamped the flowers and leaves onto white cardstock and matted them with Sage cardstock onto the card base.



I used gold embossing powder to stamp the inner details of the leaves- it has taken me a few goes and still isn't perfect but I kind of like the wonky effect!



The sentiment was stamped in Toffee ink, and is a direct sentiment from the stamp set, which will work for a lot of situations.

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

Monday, October 28, 2019

I love YOU most of all

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This week, Anything Goes at Heart 2 Heart challenges!

I decided to create a card using some leftovers from my Every Little Thing Paper Packet as I had it out on my desk, as well as the October SOTM.



I used the leaf stamp from the Stamp of the Month to create a tone-on-tone background, and then layered some Wisteria and floral paper. The sentiment was from the Stamp of the Month as well, but instead of adding a season I spelt out YOU using some of the alpha die cuts from the Every Little Thing kit.

I really like how this card came about, an the bold watercolour sentiment is a favourite of mine.

We'd love for you to share your projects with us over at Heart 2 Heart!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Spooktacultar Australasian CTMH Blog Hop



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

If you have arrived here from Shaunna 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 Month October special- Spooktacular.


Now I know that Halloween isn't huge in parts of Australia and New Zealand, but I still do a lot of dress up days and so do my children! They had a book character day and dressed up as Spiderman and Harry Potter so I have created this layout for their photos.

I added spider and magical accents, and the green striped paper made a perfect background for the photos.



I cut up the Happy banner to take out the Halloween part and added canvas letters that I coloured with black ink to make the title.



This exclusive Spooktacular set is only available during October- you can purchase the whole kit at a discount or purchase the individual items.

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, Maz!