Elegant Pink Dogwoods

Kia Ora and Welcome Back

It is time for Wednesday Inspiration for Heartfelt Creations, and today I am sharing a card that I have made featuring the Flowering Dogwood flowers on a pink and white embossed card.  This card would be suitable for many occasions with just a change of sentiment.


HCPC-3773 Flowering Dogwood Stamps

HCD1-7129 Flowering Dogwood Dies

HCPC-3785 Small Classic Petunia Stamp

HCD1-761 Everyday Heroes Die

ANC814 Prills – Lettuce Entertain You

PGM15015 Rajni Chawla’s Frosting Powder

PGM15016 Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear

TSBL32 Brilliance Pearlescent Coral

TSMP704 Memento New Sprout

TSMP707 Memento Bamboo Leaves

159723 Art Glitter Dries Clear

HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit

Other Products- die cutting machine, Crafter’s Companion 3D Embossing Folder – Ornate Lace, Glue Gloss, Brayer, White Cardstock, Green Cardstock

Instructions – Cut a piece of white cardstock at 10” x 7”, score and crease at 5” along the long side to create a base card 5” x 7”.

Cut a piece of white cardstock 4 ¾” x 6 ¾”.  Using the brayer ink the smooth side of the Ornate Lace embossing folder, add the card and emboss for a letterpress effect.  Adhere to the base card.

To make the flowers stamp the dogwood flowers from the HCPC-3773 Flowering Dogwood Stamps with Pearlescent Coral ink on white cardstock.  Sponge the centres with New Sprout before die cutting with the coordinating die.  Ink the edges of the flowers with Pearlescent Coral and shape using the Deluxe Flower Shaping kit.  Layer the larger flowers and keep the smaller flowers single.  Die cut the stamens using green cardstock, roll using the quilling tip from the Deluxe Flower Shaping kit and adhere to the centre of the larger flowers using Dries Clear glue.  Add Lettuce Entertain You prills to the centres of the flowers and stamens using Dries Clear Glue.  Add Frosting Powder to the petals using Glue Gloss and heat for a frosted look.  Adhere to the bottom left and top right of the card as shown.

To make the leaves stamp the images from the HCPC-3773 Flowering Dogwood Stamps using Bamboo Leaves ink on white cardstock.  Sponge the flowers with New Sprout and then die cut using the coordinating dies.  Sponge the edges with Bamboo Leaves and shape using the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.  Using Glue Gloss add Crystal Clear to the leaves and adhere around the flowers as shown.

To make the sentiment stamp the Happy Birthday from the HCPC-3785 Small Classic Petunia Stamp using Pearlescent Coral on white cardstock.  Die cut using the die from the Everyday Hero die set.  Adhere to the card as shown.

And the second card today features more foamiran flowers

HCDP1-281 Winter’s Eve Paper Collection

HCD1-7144 Decorative Medallion die

HCPC-3680 Sparkling Poinsettia Stamp

HCD1-766 Sparkling Poinsettia Die

HCD1-755 Circle Basics Large dies

HCD1754 Eyelet Circle and Basics Small dies

TSMP704 Memento New Sprout

TSBL32 Brilliance Pearlescent Coral

159723 Art Glitter Dries Clear glue

Other – Die cutting machine, silk foamiran, satin ribbon, Gala Glitz – Gold, Hot Glue Gun

Instructions – Cut a piece of cardstock at 12” x 6”, score and crease at 6” along the long side to create a base card of 6” x 6”.  Cut a panel of 6” x 6” paper from the paper collection and adhere to the front of the card.  Cut a circle using the outer die from the HCD1-7144 Decorative Medallion die set from white cardstock.  Cut two patterned medallion dies from the HCD1-7144 Decorative Medallion die out of white cardstock and adhere to the top and bottom of the circle.  Cover the centre with the ribbon.  Adhere the oval to the card base as shown.  Cut the sentiment out from the patterned paper and adhere to the left over the ribbon.

Cut another larger circle using the large circle die from the HCD1-755 Circle Basics Large dies out of the pink paper.  Die cut the centre of a panel featuring pink poinsettias and holly using the small circle die from HCD1754 Eyelet Circle and Basics Small dies and adhere to the top of the pink paper.  Adhere to the card base as shown.

Stamp the images from the HCPC-3680 Sparkling Poinsettia Stamp using Pearlescent Coral ink on the silk foamiran.  Sponge the centres with the New Sprout ink and die cut.  Sponge the edges lightly with the Pearlescent Coral ink.  Shape and assemble together as shown with a hot glue gun.  Add Gala Glitz to the centres with Dries Clear glue.  Add to the card as shown.

Please visit the Heartfelt Creations blog for more inspiration and to preview the Beary Fun Retreat collection here: https://www.heartfeltcreations.us/blog/615/elegant-new-inspiration-a-beary-fun-retreat-preview

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Ka Kite Anu



Sympathy Cards

Welcome Back

This week I am featuring some sympathy cards that I have made with a white on white theme.  I struggle to put sentiments on some of my cards as I find the sentiments detract from the artwork and these cards were no exception.  I do think sometimes no words are needed though.






I have used a combination of Spellbinders dies embellished with Heartfelt Classic Roses to make these cards.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Timbrels White Cardstock, Bazzill Smooth White Cardstock

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, New Sprout

Stamps – Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose, CTMH Just Sayin’

Dies – Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose, Spellbinders Sue Wilson Pine Leaf,

Embossing Folder

White ribbon and pearls from my stash

Have a good week and Happy Crafting


Welcome back

This week I am featuring a couple of cards I made yesterday with a combination of Sue Wilson Dies, Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret stamps and dies and a die from Tattered Lace.  I love the look of the stitched frames and the lattice work on this card.


I have never used this combination of cream and white before but it does work well and makes a very elegant card.


Materials used:

Dies – Sue Wilson Lattice Frames, Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret and Mini Vintage Floret, Tattered Lace Butterfly, Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles – not seen but is inside the card.

Inks – Memento Lulu Lavender, Sweet Plum

Cardstock – Sullivans Pearlised Card – Purple, Cream, CTMH White Daisy and Colonial White

I have left these cards without sentiments and eventually I want to be able to add a personalised service for my cards.  These cards are available for sale at Gift Hutt.

I am looking to have a wider range of paper crafting supplies at Gift Hutt so please watch this space…

Have a good week 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





CTMH Australasian SOTM Blog Hop – Twinkle


Hello and welcome about out Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.  If you have arrived here from Anne’s blog Mummy You Made This then you are in the right place.  If you landed 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 cards I have made which features the October SOTM Twinkle which is available exclusively throughout October, for $33 or for just $10 when you spend $75′

f9ffbb7a-4509-4d97-8467-1044db812aa9I really haven’t had much time to do more but this stamp is so cute for Christmas.  I have made three cards using the new White Pines reflections paper which goes really well with this stamp set.

#CTMH SOTM Twinkle

For this 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 card I have cut out the pine cones and leaves from the Artistry cartridge and the bow is from the Artiste cartridge.  The bauble and the label has been embossed with Ranger gold embossing powder.

#CTMH SOTM Twinkle

This was a very quick and easy card to put together.  The greeting is stamped in cranberry and flaxen inks.

#CTMH SOTM Twinkle

This card can be either a Christmas card or a general card for someone special.  I have cut all the leaves and flowers out of the Artistry cartridge for this card.  The flowers have been cut from Pomegranate cardstock.  I have embossed the Glacier cardstock with the diamond embossing folder and used the ‘back side’ for a ‘quilted look’.

Twinkle is only available until the 31st of October from your CTMH consultant here.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop Georgia’s blog – Georgia Creates CTMH.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Pomegranate, Cranberry, Ruby, New England Ivy, Fern, Colonial White, Glacier

Paper – White Pines

Stamps – Twinkle

Inks – Pomegranate, Cranberry, Flaxen

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Artistry

Ranger Embossing Powder – Gold

Gold Sequins

Fern extra thick twine

Embossing folder – diamond

Gold Gems

Have a good week and Happy Crafting


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Having Fun with CTMH Cricut Cartridges.

Welcome back.

I have still be working on finishing off the Kaisercraft wooden kits and today I would like to feature this gazebo/t-lite holder that I have decorated up with the wonderful CTMH products.

#CTMH and Kaisercraft T Lite holder

I have painted the main parts of the gazebo/t-lite holder with a mixture of the Create a Shade Paint and Flaxen re-inker to give it a pearly metallic look.  I have painted the rest with a flat acrylic paint Burnt Umber from Daler Rowney for some contrast.  I sealed everything with Modge Podge.  I have really enjoyed using a paint brush again but found it tiring.

Now for the flowers.and leaves.

Getting ready to create with CTMHFor the flowers I have used Creme Brulee cardstock and cut out the shapes using the same pattern from Cathy Derouche that I used with the bird and the cage here.  The shapes have been sponged with Smoothie ink and the flowers turned out even better than I thought they would be.  I have not used a lot of Creme Brulee or Smoothie cardstock or ink but the combination is stunning.  I have cut two smaller sizes from Cathy’s instructions to have a progression in size up the sides and around the top.  I have also done a number of single roses as rose buds.

The leaves have been cut out from Olive cardstock using the Artiste cartridge page 54 of the booklet at 1″ and .75″ and I have scored the veins and then sponged the edges with Olive ink.

The other leaves have been cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge page  35 of the booklet at 2″ from Flaxen cardstock and I have sponged the edges with Olive ink.  I used my hot glue gun as my hand was a little sore to keep squeezing the Liquid glass bottle.

Here are some close up of the flowers.

Close up of #CTMH Cricut flowers on a Kaisercraft T Lite holder

#CTMH Cricut Flowers on Kaisercraft T Lite holderMaterials used:

Cardstock – Flaxen, Olive, Creme Brulee

Ink – Smoothie, Olive

Create-a-Shade Paint (Pearl) NLA

Flaxen re-inker

Chocolate Twill ribbon NLA

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Art Philosophy

This would look great with a matching coloured glass with a t-lite inside and/or on a wedding table.

I have finished with the Kaisercraft and will look to get back into cardmaking and scrapbooking.  I have a big fair coming up and need to do a variety of cards to sell there and I have another blog hop to do.

In the meantime have a good week and Happy Crafting