A Cardinal Christmas

Kia Ora and Welcome Back

Once again it is Wednesday and I have another Festive Holly card for the Heartfelt Creations Inspiration Wednesday blog.  This card features a gate that opens onto a window looking through to deer in the snow.

For further inspiration please check out the Heartfelt Creations blog here: https://www.heartfeltcreations.us/blog/598/24-christmas-card-ideas-to-craft-yourself-a-holly-jolly-good-time

Materials Used:

HCDP1-280 Festive Holly Paper Collection

HCD1-745 Festive Holly & Cardinals Die

HCPC-3791 Festive Holly & Cardinals Stamp

HCD1-7147 Holly Berry Jingle Die

HCPC-3793 Holly Berry Jingle Stamp

HCPC-3792 Festive Holly Stamp

HCD1-7106 Celebrate the Season Die

HCD1-7104 Ornate Sleigh and Presents

HCD1-7100 Botanic Window die

HCD1-7105 Festive Gate die

HCPC-3746 Festive Gate stamp

HCD1-7109 Gift Box and Mini Snowflakes die

TSMP602 Teal Zeal

TSMP707 Bamboo Leaves

TSMP900 Tuxedo Black

ANC803 Minnie Pearl Prills

3D1844 3-D Crystal Lacquer

PGM15016 Frosting Powder

GBKK811B1 Clear Cardstock

HCPP2-451 White cardstock

Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit

159723 Art Glitter Dries Clear adhesive

159951 Art Glitter Dries White adhesive

Others supplies – Die cutting machine, Zig Clear Brush Markers, Bristol Cardstock, Memento Love Letter, green cardstock

Instructions – Cut a piece of white cardstock at 6” x 12”, score and crease along the long side to make a base card of 6” x 6”.  Cut the 6” x 6” panel from the panelled paper with the cardinals on the top left corner.  Add Dries White Glue and Frosting Powder to the snow on the trees.  Line up the panel to the front of the card and using the centre die from the Botanic Windows die cut out the window panel.  Die cut another piece of patterned paper with deer in the snow and using the front card as a template adhere to the inside of the card. Cut a piece of clear acetate 3 1/2 “ x 5” and adhere to the opening on the front of the card.. Adhere the patterned piece to the front of the card. Die cut the window and the patterned centre out of white cardstock.  Die cut just the outer edge of the window and adhere to the previously cut window.  Adhere over the window opening.

Stamp the gate from the HCPC-3746 Festive Gate stamp with Teal Zeal ink and die cut with the coordinating die.  Sponge the edges with the Teal Zeal ink and trim the right side Add to the right of the card with foam tape. Score along the gate hinges on the left of the die cut to create a gate to open.. Adhere the fence to the left side using foam tape.  Apply Frosting Powder with dries clear glue on the gate and fence for a frosted look. Die cut the grass from the HCD1-7109 Gift Box and Mini Snowflakes die in green cardstock and adhere to the base of the fences on either side of the gate.

Stamp the images from the HCPC-3791 Festive Holly & Cardinals Stamp ans the HCPC-3793 Holly Berry Jingle Stamp sets using Stazon on Bristol cardstock.  Colour in with Zig Clear Brush makers and die cut with the coordinating die.  Add snow effects to the cardinals, berries and branches with Dries White glue and Frosting Powder.  Add 3-D Crystal Effects to the berries for dimension.  Lightly shape the berries and leaves and add to the front of the gate with Dries Clear glue.  Adhere the lamp to the back of the gate on the right.. Add the cardinals and twigs over the Botanic Window with foam squares.

To make the small poinsettias stamp the images from the HCD1-7104 Ornate Sleigh and Presents with Teal Zeal ink.  Sponge the images with Teal Zeal and Bamboo Leaves ink using the Store and Stack daubers and die cut with the coordinating die from the HCD1-7106 Celebrate the Season die.  Shape the flowers using the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit and assemble as shown.  Add Minnie Pearl Prills to the centres of the flowers with Dries Clear Glue.

Stamp the sentiment from the HCPC-3792 Festive Holly Stamp in Teal Zeal ink. Die cut using the small frame from the Spellbinders Fancy Labels set.  Sponge the edges with Teal Zeal ink and adhere to the gate front.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Ka Kite Anu




Welcome Festive Holly from Heartfelt Creations

Kia Ora and Welcome to the Release of the Festive Holly Collection from Heartfelt Creations

Celebrate the “holly-day” season with the new Festive Holly Collection by Heartfelt Creations!  Charming and elegant, with a hint of a country feel, this festive collection is filled with heartwarming imagery of falling snow, towering pine trees, and beautiful wildlife all woven together with lavish illustrations of abundant holly and berry clusters!  Immerse yourself in a paper collection revealing a traditional holiday color palette of rich reds and fir greens accentuated with sky blues, antique golds and crisp whites all melting together creating perfect backdrops to graceful background imagery of hand stamped post marks, floating music notes, delicate snowflakes, ribbon like swirls and lace like accents.  A charming assembling of three delightful cling stamp sets boast enchanting illustrations of red feathered cardinals, abundant holly and berry clusters as well as an antique candle lit lantern and vintage wooden wheel all at the ready to be paired with the coordinating dies and transformed into exquisite dimensional Yuletide embellishments!  An elegant, lacy decorative arch shaped die lends itself perfectly to create a breathtaking accent or die cut within your card front itself adding a touch of delightful holiday magic, while ornamental sleigh bells ready themselves to ring in the merriest of seasons!  Join us as we prepare for the Christmas festivities with the new Festive Holly Collection!

Today I have 2 projects to share using the Festive Holly Collection.  First up is some Christmas Crackers using the gorgeous red foil paper from the Collection.  These are so pretty and would look lovely on the Christmas table to add some festive cheer and they are very easy to make.

Materials Used:

HCPC-3793 Festive Paper Collection

HPC-3680 Sparkling Poinsettia stamp

HCD1-766 Sparkling Poinsettia die

HCD1-765 Large Sparkling Poisettia die

HCD1-7108 Snow Kissed Flakes and Tag die

HCD1-745 Luggage and Tags die

PGM15015 Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear

159723 Art Glitter Dries Clear Glue

TSMP707 Memento Bamboo Leaves

359760 Embossing Powder – Gold

242174 Vellum

Other supplies – Gold mirror card, red ribbon, Cricut Machine, CTMH Artiste Cartridge, Versamark ink, Heart of Gold Prills, Green cardstock, red organza ribbon, Memento Ink Love Letter

Instructions – cut the cracker at 8” on your Cricut machine using the red foil paper from the HCPC-3793 Festive Paper Collection.  Assemble using the Dries Clear glue.

To make the leaves die using the HCD1-765 Large Sparkling Poinsettia die out of green cardstock.  I have used the 1 mm tip from the Deluxe Shaping kit and the hard mat to score lines to indicate veins. Sponge the edges with Bamboo Leaves ink and adhere to the top of the cracker.

To make the poinsettias stamp the image from the HPC-3680 Sparkling Poinsettia stamp with Versamark ink and emboss with gold embossing powder.  Sponge the back with Love Letter ink and then die cut.  Sponge on the top with Dries Clear glue and sprinkle Crystal Clear over it.  I have used Heart of Gold prills in the centre of one flower and a gold gem on the other one.

Cut a snowflake from the HCD1-7108 Snow Kissed Flakes and Tag die out of gold mirror card and trim and place over the leaves.

To finish the cracker die cut the label using the die from the HCD1-745 Luggage and Tags die, sponge the edges with Bamboo Leaves ink and adhere under the flower as shown.

Tie red ribbons to each end.

My second project is this lovely elegant card.  I love the blues and Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear looked fabulous on the vellum, while the lovely medallion die went well with the Fleur Border Basics die.

Materials used:

HCD1-7145 Festive Holly paper collection

HCD1-7146 Festive Holiday Die

HCPC-3793 Festive Holiday Cling Stamp

HCD1-747 Holly Berry Jingle Die

HCPC-3793 Holly Berry Jingle Stamp

HPC-3680 Sparkling Poinsettia stamp

HCD1-766 Sparkling Poinsettia die

HCD1-7120 Fleur Border Basics die

HCD1-761Everyday Heros die

242174 Vellum

TSMP602 Teal Zeal ink

TSMP604 Summer Sky

CB80 ColorBox Frost White

159951 Dries white adhesive

159723 Art Glitter Dries Clear Glue

PGM15016 Rajni Chawla’s Frosting Powder

PGM15015 Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear

359843 Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder

Other – white cardstock, Spellbinders Circles, Clear Sparkles

Instructions – Cut a piece of white cardstock 6” x 12” and score and crease along the long side at 6” to make a 6” x 6” card.  Cut a 6” x 6” panel from the paper collection with the cardinals at the top right corner and using the cutting edge from the HCD1-7120 Fleur Border Basics die cut across the bottom of the panel as shown.  Cut a separate piece of the lace edge from the HCD1-7120 Fleur Border Basics die set in white cardstock and adhere it to the top piece of the panel. Adhere both edges to the card front as shown.  Add the effect of snow to the cardinals with Dries White glue on the snow on the branches and add Frosting Powder and heat for a sparkly effect.

Die cut two of the frames in white cardstock from the HCD1-7146 Festive Holiday die set and adhere together to create a circle. Die cut the circle panel from the paper packs in the coordinating blue background and adhere to the front of the lace doily. Adhere to the front of the card as shown.

To make the poinsettias stamp the images from the HPC-3680 Sparkling Poinsettia set in Frost White ink on vellum and emboss with Bridal Tinsel embossing powder. Sponge the back of the images in Summer Sky ink and die cut using the coordinating die. I have left the centres white. Using Dries Clear glue and a damp sponge wipe the edges of the poinsettias and sprinkle Crystal Clear over it.  The moisture of the sponge will allow the vellum to curl.  Assemble the flowers and add a clear sparkle to the centres, then adhere to the card as shown.

Stamp the image from the HCPC-3793 Festive Holiday Cling Stamp using Teal Zeal ink and die cut out using the arrow die from the HCD1-761 Everyday Heros die set.  Sponge the edges in Summer Sky and adhere as shown on the bottom left.  Add a clear sparkle to anchor the tag.

I hope that you visit the Heartfelt Creations blog to view all the other amazing artwork featuring the Festive Holly Collection here: https://www.heartfeltcreations.us/blog/597/debuting-the-festive-holly-collection

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Ka Kite Anu


Christmas Gift Voucher Cards

Welcome back.

This week I have been busy making Christmas goodies for Gift Hutt.  I have nearly sold out of my gift voucher cards and thought I would make some more using some different techniques.  I had a look on Pinterest and found this idea using the Stampin Up top note die on this site here.  They were very quick and easy to do.

I have been going through my supplies to do a de-stash and found a packet of Kaisercraft Leaf and Twig papers that coordinated really well with White Pines, Fern and Ruby cardstock.  So I have made some card holders and also some Christmas sweet treats with them.  I have had the little stamp set for many years and it is so cute.  Unfortunately, the shop that I bought it from has just closed down.   I have used the CTMH blender pen to colour in the images for a bit of colour.

Top Note Gift Card Holders

Top Note Gift Card Holders

Here are the sweet treats inspired by a CTMH consultant Karen Campbell Leach using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  These were also quick to make and I have used a combination of White Pines and the Kaisercraft Leaf and Twig papers.

Art Philosophy Sweet Treats

Materials used:

Cardstock – Ruby, Topiary, Fern, Kraft (CTMH)

Papers CTMH White Pines, Kaisercraft Leaf and Twig

Ink – Desert Sand, Black, Fern, Ruby (CTMH)

Stamps – Hastings Rubber Stamps Not a Peep – (NLA)

CTMH blender pen

White Pines Assortments

Stampin Up Top Note Die

Cricut Cartridge – CTMH Art Philosophy

Cranberry Baker’s Twine

Cranberry chevron ribbon

Durable studs – bronze round

Various punches – 1 3/4″ Stampin Up, 1 1/4″ CTMH, 1″ Fiskars

All these will be available for sale at Gift Hutt.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting.



CTMH Australasian Blog Hop – White Pines


Hello and welcome aboard our  Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop featuring the White Pines paper collection. If you have arrived here from Leah’s blog Leah Cameron’s Corner  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 cards I have made with these lovely papers. available until the 31st December through the Seasonal Expressions book.  There is so much versatility with these papers with a wide variety of colours and patterns.  I love the WOTG stamp set and featured this in my cards.

#CTMH White Pines


This card base has been made using the Artfully Sent cartridge and the embellishments are from the Artistry cartridge.

#CTMH White Pines

My new favourite embossing folder is the Confetti folder and here I have layered Fern and Ruby onto the embossed cardstock – it is a little difficult to pick it up in the photo.

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This colour paper is very Christmassy and I have used the new red enamel dots for the holly berries.

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Another Artfully Sent card this time using the Glacier colours for a more muted colour scheme using Fern and Glacier and the trees from the WOTG scrapbooking kit.

Finally I have made some card voucher holder cards.  I cut the base card out of Glacier cardstock and I have decorated the front with the lovely blue paper and the matching Christmas trees from the WOTG kit.

#CTMH White Pines

Here is the inside of the card.  I have cut the card holder using the Artiste cartridge at 4″ from the blue paper and adhered it to the middle of the card.  I then cut the Colonial White cardstock and decorated them with stamps from the Holiday Cheer stamp set.  I don’t normally decorate inside the cards but I had to do so here in order to have somewhere to write a greeting in it.

#CTMH White Pines

Here is another card that I have done using the same technique.  This time I have used another companies die to cut the shape on the front and then decorated with the stamps from the Holiday Cheer stamp set.

#CTMH White Pines

I cut another shape out of the Colonial White cardstock and cut it in half to place on either side of the card holder.  The white shimmer trim made a lovely accent to the card.

#CTMH White Pines

The White Pines papers and embellishments are only available until 31st December. from your CTMH consultant.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Vandra’s blog Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Glacier, White Daisy, Ruby, Fern

Paper – White Pines

Stamps – White Pines WOTG, Holiday Cheer

Inks – Fern, Glacier

Cricut cartridge – Artistry, Artiste, Artfully Sent

Extra thick twine – Fern

Green Shimmer trim

White shimmer trim

Paper Fundamentals Assortments – Glacier

Red Enamel Dots

Embossing Folder – Confetti

Other non CTMH product – SU Big Note Die

Have a good day and Happy Crafting


Time for Christmas

Welcome back

This week I have finally got into the Christmas mode getting products ready for Gift Hutt.  I have got the Cricut chirping and I am happy with the results with these cards and tags.  I have used both the Artistry and Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge to make these very cute little Santas and Teddy Santas to place on the cards and tags.

I have cut the tags from Glacier cardstock using the Art Philosophy cartridge at 3″ a and the To and From stamp is from the Scandinavian Wishes Stamp set (a retired SOTM).  I finished off with some Ruby washi tape.  I am not a big user of washi tape but I do like to use it to fill in gaps like what I have done here.


This cute little Santa is from the Artistry cartridge was very easy to do.  He has been done at 2.5″ and I have coloured the base card (Colonial White) with a very pale pink copic pen which helped to have the white beard stand out more.



Then I made some cards with the Santas and the White Pines papers.


#CTMH White Pines and Artistry

I wasn’t really sure about this brown paper but it does make a nice background to help pop the embellishments.  The paper pack comes with Chocolate cardstock, but I used Desert Sand instead as it coordinated better with the Santa bear.


Materials used for the tags:

Cardstock – Glacier, White Daisy, Colonial White, Desert Sand, Black, Slate, Ruby

Cricut cartridges – Artristry, Create A Critter 2, Art Philosophy

Ink – Black

Washi Tape – Ruby

Stamp set – Scandinavian Wishes (NLA)

Bakers Twine – Outdoor Denim

Copic pen – R81 Rose Pink


Cadstock – Desert Sand, Colonial White, White Daisy, Ruby, Slate, Black

Paper – White Pines

Stamps – Framed (NLA), Holiday Cheer

Ink – Ruby

Cricut Cartridges – Artistry, Create A Critter 2

Embossing Folder – Confetti Wishes

Spellbinders die- Lacy Squares Nestabilities 5

I have had a couple of difficult weeks and have had to make the decision to resign as a Close to My Heart consultant.  I love the products but life has thrown me a curve ball and I have had to go with it.  I will still use CTMH products (I have quite a stash now!) and will continue with this blog as I enjoy the design process.  I will try and participate in another couple of blog hops and will still be part of a Facebook group showcasing my artwork.  I have been very humbled with the lovely comments and support from the other CTMH consultants across Australasia, Canada the the United States – so a huge thank you to everyone.

I will now focus on my shop Gift Hutt and make products for sale there.

I hope you all have a good week and Happy Crafting





Out of the Box with CTMH and Kaisercraft.

Welcome back.

I hope you all had a good Christmas.  I had a lovely relaxing day and I am now getting back into crafting.

I normally use only CTMH products but the local Spotlight store had a special on Kaisercraft wood kitsets so I bought a few to have a play with.  Apart from the kitset and mod podge everything else I have used in these projects is CTMH.

I love the CTMH papers and the Yuletide Carol papers are just gorgeous and I felt fitted well with this advent calendar.  I have tried to create a picture of a living room with the stockings hung by the tree and the parcels waiting to be opened.  I have sponged all the edges with Desert Sand ink and I love how the wood has turned into an antique gold colour.  I have cut out the centre from the patterned paper and lined it up so that it would be the centre of the box.  I used the red patterned paper to line the boxes (there are a number of You Tube videos that show you how) and after sponging the edges with Desert Sand ink I modpodged them all.  The numbers came with the pack and I have sponged them all with Desert Sand ink and then using Liquid Glass adhered them to the front of the little boxes.  The Christmas tree has been cut in 3 sizes from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge in the green paper from the Yuletide Carol paper pack, and I have adhered them with foam tape to try and create some dimension.  The boxes have been made from the Artiste cartridge and I have tied them up with the metallic bakers twine.  The Santa is from the Yuletide Carol Complements that I have stuck onto some White Colonial cardstock and cut out.  I used tabs of Colonial White cardstock to adhere to the box.  The Merry Christmas is from the Artiste cartridge.

Advent Calendar featuring Kaisercraft and CTMH papers.


Here is another kitset this time featuring a bird on a cage.

Bird on a Cage

I have sponged the entire cage with Desert Sand ink and the edges of the bird before mod podging the sorbet coloured paper from the Seaside paper pack.  The paper went really well with some paper flowers that I had purchased last year in a special bundle from CTMH.  The large flower has been cut using Art Philospohy using the pattern from Cathy Derouche (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzs8Sc-BLO4) out of Sorbet cardstock and the edges have been sponged with Sorbet ink.  The paper flowers all coordinated so well with various shades of sorbet to a deep pink with different shapes.  I have cut the leaves from Art Philosophy in Olive cardstock and inked with New England Ivy ink and then I have shaped then before placing them on the cage.  The smaller leaves are from the paper flower packet.  I have finished off with some bling with clear sparkles and the clear sparkle flourishes.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Sorbet, Colonial White, Ruby, New England Ivy, Olive

Paper – Yuletide Carol, Seaside

Yuletide Carol Complements

Inks – Sorbet, Desert Sand, New England Ivy

Cricut Cartridges, Artiste, Art Philosophy, Artbooking

Clear Sparkles

Clear Sparkles Flourishes

Liquid Glass

Foam tape

Metallic Bakers Twine

I hope that you enjoy what I have done today.  Tomorrow I will be working on something for the January 2015 SOTM blog hop.  So watch this space…

Have a good week and Happy Crafting.


More Christmas ideas from CTMH


This is my last post for the year featuring Christmas craft ideas seeing as it is Christmas Day on Thursday.

I have been inspired by Joy Tracey to make my version of her Artiste ornament.  For the instructions please click here for a link to her blog and the video that she has made to show how this is done.  My version has used Glacier and White Daisy cardstock and I have finished off with a silver sequin and a licorice epoxy bubble.  I bought the silver sparkle tulle from the local variety plus store to complete the ornament.
20141217_105840I have also made some more simple gift tags this time using the Art Philosophy cartridge to make boot shapes. The boots have been cut out with Ruby cardstock and the trims in White Daisy and Black cardstock.  It is hard to see on this photo but I have also put a piece of the white shimmer trim on the boot top for a bit of sparkle.2014-12-14 18.12.12

I also cut some White Daisy cardstock to back the boot so as to be able to write to and from on it.  I have used the stamps from the Holiday Tags stamp set and stamped the images in Ruby ink.

2014-12-14 18.12.25A hole and some slate bakers twine finished off these very quick and easy tags.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White daisy, Glacier, Ruby, Black

Inks – Ruby

Stamps – Holiday Tags

Cricut Cartridges – Art Philosophy, Artiste

Ribbon (NLA)

1 1/4 punch (available while supplies last)

Silver sequin

Licorice epoxy bubbles (NLA)

Slate bakers twine

Liquid glass

White Shimmer trim

These tags and other crafts that I make are available for sale at Gift Hutt in Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and  may Santa bring you more craft supplies to keep you busy in the New Year!

Happy Crafting