Tutu Cute from CTMH

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Just a quick post today showcasing a new stamp set, Safari Ballet from CTMH that works so well with the new Kaleidoscope Reflections Paper Range.  I love the bubble gum colours of these papers and they are perfect for little girls (and boys) cards and layouts.


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These cards are just perfect for little girls and the colours of the papers match perfectly with the colours I have used to colour in the images.  I used the Memento ink pad to stamp the images before colouring in with ShinHan Touch Twin markers.  This ink pad is now available for sale through CTMH which is great as it doesn’t bleed the same.  I was able to colour in quite quickly after stamping which is great as I don’t have a lot of time to make cards.

#CTMH Kaleidoscope and Tutu Cute

I have coloured the giraffe with the ShinHan Touch Twin markers – RP198 Tender Pink, YR222 Golden Yellow, YR26 Pastel Peach, BR96 Mahogany.

#CTMH Kaleidoscope and Tutu Cute

This card is so cute and was sold this weekend at the Paper Arts Show.   I have also used last months SOTM – Framed for the frame and the sentiment is from Holiday Tags.  The ShinHan Touch Twin markers used are – YR29 Barely Beige, WG4 Warm Grey, RP198 Tender Pink.  I have used bitty sparkles on the tutu for a touch of sparkle and also on the framed sentiment.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Canary, Chocolate, Pixie

Paper – Kaleidoscope

Stamp – Safari Ballet, Framed (NLA) Holiday Tags

Ink – Memento Black, Cotton Candy

Pixie extra thick twine

Fern extra thick twine

Bitty sparkles

Sparkle assortments

White Shimmer trim

Shinhan markers – YR29 Barely Beige, WG4 Warm Grey, RP198 Tender Pink, YR222 Golden Yellow, YR26 Pastel Peach, BR96 Mahogany

All these products are available for sale on my website here.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting.


Welcome Georgie to the CTMH Family

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I am really enjoying the new products from the new Annual Inspirations book that was released at the beginning of the month.  The new paper ranges are fabulous but I think my favourite has to be the new Georgie range.  It must be one of the most beautiful baby papers ever and the colours are perfect for boy or girl projects being gender neutral.  And the stamp sets to match are gorgeous as well and I will be using them for a long time – particularly the WOTG stamp set featured here.


I sell a lot of cards (particularly baby cards) though Gift Hutt and it is so nice to have cards that are gender neutral as it seems to be the fashion not to know the sex of the baby before it is born now.  I have had a lot of fun with the stamp set, papers and coordinating embellishments from the WOTG to make these cards.

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Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Slate, Whisper, White Daisy

Paper – Georgie, Whimsy Fundamentals (retired)

Stamps – WOTG Georgie

Inks – Slate, Whisper, Glacier, Canary

Georgie Assortments

Cricut Cartridge – Artistry

Fundamentals Assortments – Glacier

Grey enamel gems

Glacier extra thick twine

I hope you like these cards and are inspired to use this beautiful paper for your own projects.  Please visit my website here to purchase any supplies.

Happy Crafting



CTMH Australasian Blog Hop – Nevermore

Hello and welcome aboard our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop featuring one of the new paper ranges from the Annual Inspirations book which came out on the 1st September- Nevermore. If you have arrived here from Lauren’s Blog, CTMH Craftings,  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.



I really wasn’t sure about this paper range as it is more for Halloween projects and we do not really celebrate Halloween in New Zealand.  However, when I saw this gorgeous gothic looking paper I immediately thought French.  My daughter had an amazing holiday in Europe a couple of years ago and took some fabulous photos of the Eiffel Tower and I thought straight away of using this paper to do a layout for them.   However, I have not been able to get the papers in time to do the layout so I practiced with the smaller sample size of the paper to make a card (please come back to see the layout with the photos of the Eiffel Tower).

#CTMH Nevermore, Artistry and Artiste cartridges

Note to self do not match colours late at night when I am tired and it is dark.  I cut the flowers out of Pomegranate, Fern and Pink Glitter paper late at night and then realised the next morning that the paper actually coordinates with Eggplant.  However, I was happy to leave the colours as the flowers stand out really well from the darker background.  The chandelier has been cut out in Colonial White cardstock from the Artiste cartridge and sponged with Whisper ink to create an aged look.  I then put some sparkles on the drops of the chandelier to add some bling and make it a little more realistic.  The label has been cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge and stamped using a stamp from the Frame Flair stamp set.  The sentiment is from the Happy to Be Friends stamp set.  I have added some small sparkles flourishes which are no longer available.

Here is a close up of the flowers.

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For the inside I have cut a piece of Colonial White cardstock 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ and stamped the Eiffel Tower from the Armour stamp set (NLA) on the left side.  The edges have been sponged with Whisper ink and I drew the line around the edge freehand with the Marvy Uchida Le Pen to follow through with the French theme.

#CTMH - Nevermore

The gorgeous Nevermore paper is now available from the new Annual Inspirations catalogue and will be for the next year from your CTMH consultant here.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Vandra’s blog,  Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Blog to see what wonderful creations she has made.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Pomegranate, Eggplant, Colonial White, Black, Fern,

Paper – Nevermore, Pink Glitter

Stamps – Happy to Be Friends, Frame Flair

Ink – Whisper, Black, Eggplant

Small Flourishes – NLA

Clear Sparkles

Cricut Cartridges – Artistry, Artiste, Art Philosophy

Happy Crafting


Father’s Day from CTMH

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Today is Father’s Day and I have made a few cards out of the new papers that have just been released at the start of this month in the new Annual Inspirations book.  There are some amazing papers and some really grungy papers for great masculine cards and layouts.  Here I have used a combination of papers and some new colours from the new book along with some steam punk cogs to make some very different cards.  I have used the new Sapphire colour to add a pop of colour to these grungy cards.

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I have used pattern 28 from the Make It From Your Heart Book Volume 2 for this card.

Materials used for this card:

Cardstock – Slate, Colonial White

Paper – Urban

Stamps – Perfect Fit Frames 2, Holiday Tags, Distressed Backgrounds

Inks – Slate, Whisper, Desert Sand

Artiste Cartridge

Studs – Durables Antique Gold

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This pattern has come from MIFYH Vol 2 pattern 20.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Slate, Whisper, Sapphire, Colonial White

Paper – Nevermore, Urban

Stamps – Holiday Tags

Inks – Slate

Artiste Cartridge

Punch – Chevron 

Opaques – Liquorice

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I love the pop of sapphire blue to give this card a bit of pop.  This is from pattern 24 from MIFYH Vol 2.

Materials used:

Cardstock – slate, Whisper, Sapphire, Colonial White

Paper – Urban

Stamps – Framed (NLA), Flight of the Arrows.

Inks – Slate

Artiste Cartridge

Opaques Liquorice 

Slate Bakers Twine

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This pattern is from MIFYH Vol 2 pattern 23.

Materials used:

Cardstock – slate, Sapphire, Colonial White

Paper – Urban

Stamps – Framed (NLA), A Thing Well Done

Inks – Slate

Silver Sequins

Artiste Cartridge

I hope that all the fathers had a great day today and were very spoilt and got given some lovely hand crafted cards to cherish.

All these products are now available from my website here.

Have a good week

Happy Crafting


CTMH Australasian SOTM Blog Hop – Paper Garden

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Meryl’s blog – Mez’s Craft Room 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 some artwork which features September Stamp of the Month Paper Garden available exclusively throughout September for $33 or for just $10 when you spend $75.


This stamp set is so beautiful and as soon as I received it I was playing with it.  I have used different techniques to show you how versatile this stamp set is.

First up is some cards:


I have used a centre step fold for this card and used sponge daubers to ink up the stamp to get the water coloured effect.  I have used Sweet Leaf, Pear, Canary and Pixie inks and I am very happy how this turned out.  These colours worked perfectly with the green spotted paper from the Brushed paper range and Canary cardstock.  I kept it simple with a Topiary chevron ribbon bow and a simple Thank you from the Just to Say stamp set from the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge set.


The same colour combination but with different papers and some embosssing using the Damask embossing folder.


This card has been sponged using the Texture tools on the while supplies last list.  I have used Sweet Leaf and Canary inks with a touch of Flaxen ink.  I love the effect of this and I then stamped the netting using a second generation inking with Slate ink and then using Cocoa ink I stamped the flower image for a silhouette effect.


I thought I would try something completely different and do a clean and simple card with this card.  I have used Slate and Black inks for the stamping.  The jury is still out on this and I would be interested in what you think of it.  The sentiment is from the Happy to Be Friends stamp set.


For this card I have embossed the image on Black cardstock using versamark ink and then embossed with White embossing powder.  I then coloured the image using my ShinHan Touch Twin markers.  I have a list of the markers I used below.  I have done the same for the Thank You sentiment.  Because this is so vibrant I was able to use Canary and Thistle cardstock for the cardstock and scalloped trim.

Finally I was really inspired by the beautiful layout in the new Seasonals Expressions book and here is my version using a special photo that was taken too many years ago to count.


I have used the pattern for this layout from the Make it From Your Heart Volume Volume 1 – age 40 pattern 18.  I have used the same sponge daubing technique for the background flowers and then cut the flowers and leaves out using the Artiste cartridge and stamped them with the Thistle and Canary inks.  The leaves have been stamped using the Rock and Roll technique with Pear and Topiary inks.  The smaller flowers have been stamped using the Rock and Roll technique with Thistle and Canary inks to add a little interest to the flowers.  The bling gold gems and the little flowers and butterflies from the Junebug puffies just add the final touch.

The title has been cut from the Artbooking cartridge using one of the new colours Eggplant and Slate cardstock for a shadow effect.  This goes well with the Thistle coloured Paper Fundamentals paper.  the flourish under the flower is from the Artbooking cartridge too.

Here is a close up of the flowers.



Paper Garden is only available until 30 September from your CTMH consultant here.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Lauren’s Blog, CTMH Craftings.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Pear, Black, Thistle, Canary, Eggplant, Slate

Paper – Brushed, Whimsy Paper Fundamentals

Ink – Pear, Thistle, Canary, Sweet leaf, Pixie, Slate, Flaxen, Cocoa, Black, Slate, Versamark

Stamps – Paper Garden, Just to Say…, Happy to Be Friends

Ranger White Embossing Ink

Markers – RP198 Tender Pink, P282 Peony Purple, Y49 Pastel Green, Y222 Golden Yellow, YR24 Marigold, GY235 Sap Green, GY234 Leaf Green

Border Punch – Scallop

Topiary Chevron Ribbon

Embossing Folder – Damask

Bling Gems Gold Assortment

Junebug Puffies

Texture Tools

Have a good week and Happy Crafting









Catching up with some UFOs.

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This week I have been carded out as well as still waiting for my order to arrive so I thought I would look at some UFOs – Un Finished Objects.  A couple of months ago I bought the gorgeous A Taste of Summer paper pack that was part of the National Scrapbooking month as well as the coordinating stamp set.  I found some photos from when my children were young and the colours matched the papers very well and started to do the layouts and then got side tracked.  So today I got them out and finished them.  I did 4 layouts today but ran out of sunlight to take photos of them all, but I was very pleased to be able to put them in my album.   I have used the Reflections How To Book for my inspiration.

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I have cut all the titles out from the Artbooking Cricut cartidge and all the fruit has been stamped and fussy cut out.


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I have used the Charming Chevrons stamp set and added a bit of sparkle with the coordinating sparkles chevron shapes which is no longer available.  The title has been cut from both Sunset cardstock and White Daisy cardstock to help it stand out from the background paper.

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The camera has been cut using the new Artistry cartridge in Slate and Hollyhock cardstock.  I have also used the new Artistry cartridge to cut the Smile and Enjoy sentiments.  These cuts are quite different in that the cuts are designed to go inside the frames so I have cut out the inners with White Daisy cardstock and stamped the frame image on the pink patterned paper and then fussy cut them out.  My daughter was wearing a dress that I had made using strawberry covered fabric which tied in really well with the papers.

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Here is a close up of the tags and I have used the Marvy Uchida Le Pen journaling pen to create a sewing line for the pocket.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Kraft, New England Ivy, Hollyhock, Sunset, Slate

Paper – A Taste of Summer

Stamps- A Taste of Summer, Perfect Picture Cricut Collection (Artistry), Tagged with Love, Year>>Noted, Charming Chevron, Sweet and Love Cricut Cartridge (Artbooking)

Inks – Sunset, Ruby, Cranberry, Topiary, New England Ivy, Goldrush, Glacier

Cricut Cartridge – Artistry, Art Philosophy, Artbooking

Sparkles Chevron Shapes – NLA

Stuck on You Puffies

Topiary chevron ribbon.

Marvy Uchida Le Pen

Bling Gems Gold Assortment

I hope you have enjoyed something different from me this week.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting.



CTMH Australasian Zoe Blog Hop



Hello and welcome aboard our CTMH Australasian Blog Hop featuring the beautiful Zoe Reflections range of papers and embellishments. If you have arrived here from Maz’s Blog, Inky Fingers 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 project that I have made using the new Zoe paper range.  This is gorgeous paper that is so perfect for scrapbooking but I wanted to do something different with it so I have made a calendar book to put in all the birthdays throughout the year so you will never forget a birthday again.  I first made one of these many years ago when I started some classes and they are simple to do even if you have no Cricut machine.

To start I cut 14 sheets of cardstock at 8 1/4″ x 11 1/2″.  I have used Slate, Whisper, Glacier, Sorbet and Canary cardstock to match the papers on the papers.  For the front I have used the sorbet coloured papers from the Whimsy Fundamentals paper pack.  I then scored down the centre of the longer side at 5 3/4″ and folded it in half.  I then used my trimmer to cut down the centre for 3″.  I then used my CTMH Versamat and lined up to cut diagonally from the bottom of the cut to 3″ on the side.

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I then had some fun decorating with the Zoe papers.  Once I had done that I then used double sided tape at the bottom of the page to create a pocket to stop papers and cards falling through the bottom.

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Here are the pages ready for binding.

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I went to my local copy place and got the booklet spiral bound as I don’t have my own binder.  The binding makes it much stronger than if I had just used some rings.

I then finished embellishing the pages.  For the left sides of the pages I have cut a piece of White Daisy cardstock and stamped the lines with the lines stamp from the Year >>Noted stamp set which is no longer available.  I didn’t have the time to stamp the months at the top so I trimmed the words from the zip strip and adhered them to the top.  I used my new Artistry cartridge to cut the flowers (3 1/2″) out of Sorbet cardstock for the page and also for the front page from page 12 .  I also cut the other flowers (1″) from the same page for creating some continuity throughout the book.

I also made some coordinating cards to go into each pocket and used this month’s SOTM set Framed for the sentiments and this time I cut the shapes out with the Artistry cartridge.  I have tried to do a mix of feminine and masculine cards.

Here are the finished pages:

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And here is the front of the book:

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There is now no excuse to forget a birthday!  This book would be great to keep special mementos as well as cards for birthdays throughout the year and would make a fantastic gift to give someone.

The Zoe papers are available now for you to purchase and is available from your CTMH consultant here.   I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Vandra’s blog, Vandra’s Virtual Craftroom.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Slate, Whisper, Canary, Glacier, Sorbet, White Daisy

Papers – Zoe, Whimsy Paper Fundamentals

Stamps – Framed, Year>>Noted (NLA)

Inks – Glacier, Sorbet, Slate

Cricut Cartridge – Artistry

Silver Sequins

Geometric Slate washi tape

Punch – Scallop

Have a great week and Happy Crafting