Thursday, 12 October 2017

Sweet Birthday Card

On Saturday the 7th of October my Granddaughter turned 2.
Above is the card I created for her.
Below is a version of the card without the number in the balloon.

I used the CTMH Sweet Baby stamp set and thincuts for this card.
I also used the Have a sweet birthday sentiment from CTMH's Sweet Birthday stamp set(B1532).

Sweet Baby stamp set (D1726) can be purchased without the thincuts if you enjoy fussy cutting or don't have a die cutting machine. Sweet Birthday can be purchased with the Thincuts (Z3374)

I added some White and gold twine that I had in stock as well as the number 2 that came from some rubbons I have in my stash that needs to be used up :)

Until next time Happy Crafting to you all xx

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Christmas Cards started.

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I wanted to share my 1st Christmas cards for 2017 with you. 
My cards today were inspired by a lady that posted on a facebook group a few months ago (I have searched but can't find the original post right now :( ). The group is for Australian and New Zealand residents called Card-making Australia and New Zealand.

Reindeer Eyes Christmas Card 1
One of these will be part of my Christmas Buffet on the 15th of October.

I will be adding how I made these cards to the bottom of my blog posts for you all. As much as I would love to see you at one of my classes I know it isn't possible for everyone :)

Reindeer eyes Christmas card 2
I am hoping to add a new Christmas themed project at least once a week over the next 12 weeks. But you never know I may add more or I may add less it just depends on how I am traveling and how much I am inspired to create over the next few weeks.

Card Recipe 
Black textured cardstock
Small Pearls (card 1)
Medium Pearls (card 2)
Black Sharpie pen for eyes
Red Sharpie pen for nose
House die was bought on Wish.
Cuttlebug for die cutting
Rose Gold metallic paper from K-mart

Putting the cards together
I die cut 2 of the house dies from wish 1st.
I added black dots using a black sharpie pen on 14 medium and 14 small pearls.
1 coloured 2 medium pearls with a red Sharpie pen.
I cut 2 front panels for my cards from the Black textured cardstock.
I adhered all my items to the black card front using Liquid Glass from CTMH.

I hope you enjoy todays card. Please leave me a comment if you have time :) 
Until next time Happy Crafting xx

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Share a Smile October 2017 Monthly Special from Close To My Heart.

With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart is donating $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™. And, for this month only and while supplies last, you can get a coordinating set of Thin Cuts for cutting out the adorable animal shapes. Even better, we’ve built an exclusive card kit that includes the Thin Cuts along with card bases, envelopes, paper pieces, and instructions that you can use to create endearing cards that will sure enough bring a smile to anyone’s day!
Share A Smile art work by Close To My Heart.
Round-up Matching: Every time you place an order, you can round your order up to the nearest dollar, giving the extra as a donation to Operation Smile™. During October, your round-up donation will go even further, because Close To My Heart will be matching all round-up donations, up to $10,000 USD!

My Acrylix® Operation Smile™: Punny Pals Stamp Set D1751 $27.00AUD
Lucky Winners: When you participate in our Share a Smile promotion by purchasing any of these special items or rounding up your order in support of Operation Smile™ you will automatically qualify for a chance to win a not-yet-released stamp set from our upcoming 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book! We’ll be choosing winners throughout the month of October, so any time you place an order, you can be a winner!
Thin Cuts—Punny Pals (CC1340)$44 AUD/$50 NZD
Punny Pals Thin Cuts contain 13 metal dies; coordinates with My Acrylix® Punny Pals stamp set (D1751) Stamp set sold separately which is great as some people already own this stamp set :)

Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342) Discounted Price:  $60.50 AUD/$69 NZD
Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342)Contains the following items:- 1 –  Thin Cuts—Punny Pals  (set of 13) 32 – 3" X 3" white card bases 32 – 3" X 3" white envelopes 10 –  cardstock sheets (Bashful, Eggplant, Glacier, Lagoon, New England Ivy, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, Thistle, White Daisy, Gold Glitter) Cutting guide and assembly instructions Retail Value:  $73.75 AUD/$85.50 NZD Discounted Price:  $60.50 AUD/$69 NZD

Share a Smile Card Bases &  Envelopes (CC1343)$15 AUD/$18 NZD

Share a Smile Card Bases &  Envelopes (CC1343) 32 – 3" µ 3" white card bases  32 – 3" µ 3" white envelopes $15 AUD/$18 NZD

And the rewards continue:

For Hostess: Hosting a Close To My Heart event is even more rewarding in October! When you host a party that reaches the third level ($400 AUD) of Hostess Rewards or higher (submitting your party order no later than 5 November 2017), you’ll receive a FREE Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342) — that’s a $73.75 AUD value, totally free!
For New Consultants: Anyone who becomes a Close To My Heart Consultant in October will receive a FREE Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342) in their New Consultant Kit — that’s a $73.75 AUD value, totally free!

Please feel free to contact me if you would like anymore information.

Until next time Happy Crafting xx


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Disaster Relief Stamp Set: Stronger Together

Close To My Heart have prepared a stamp set designed specifically to benefit those affected by disasters, such as the recent hurricanes in the United States and the wildfires throughout the US and Canada. The stamp set is titled Stronger Together and features a variety of sentiments that can be used for comfort, encouragement, and more.
My Acrylix® Stronger Together (C1716)

This C-size set is available for purchase starting today; you can find it on my website using item number C1716.

Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009)

In order to be able to support multiple needs, CTMH have determined that proceeds from the sale of this set will be donated to the Red Cross, which provides relief efforts to multiple disasters, and which will allocate the funds to where they are needed most. In order to maximise the donation amount, this set will be non-commissionable. This way all proceeds—including the amount that would normally go toward paying commissions—will be donated to the Red Cross.

I can't wait to get my set and create some amazing projects with these sentiments :)

Until next time happy crafting my friend xx

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

National Stamp Month with Close To My Heart

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I would like to share with you some information and projects that I have created using the National Stamp Month Card and stamp kit from Close To My heart.
From the Heart Card Kit Code CC1227

The kit includes 12 card bases and envelopes, 2 stamp sets and picture instructions on how to put the cards together.
From the Heart stamp set CC1228

My Acrylix® From the Heart Stamp Set is an E-size stamp set containing sentiments for the inside and outside of your cards, as well as coordinating images for stamping floral scenes on cards and envelopes. Recommended My Acrylix® blocks are: 1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006)
From the Heart Card Bases & Envelopes CC1227

This kit contains 12 – foil-stamped card bases with accompanying die-cut pieces
12 – 4 ¼" × 5 ½" white envelopes
Printed step-by-step instructions for assembling cards.
Congrats Card in blue.
Above is one of my creations using the kit I used the following ink colours for the flowers in the centre in this order: Glacier, Crystal Blue and Pacifica. The flower centres were done with Goldrush and Tangarine. My leaves and stems were done in Fern, Willow and Sweet leaf.

September Stamp of the Month - Feel so blessed S1709

I love out colour of the year Bashful and I am not a pink kind of girl at all. For the above card I used Bashful mini pigment ink pad on the feather as it is slower drying. I then added clear embossing powder and heat set. I also used our retired Slate mini pigment ink pad and clear embossing powder for the feather on the white cardstock and fussy cut the feather. The thank you was stamped with versamark and white embossing powder.

Father's Day 2017

For the above Father's Day card I used versamark ink pad Rangers Princess Gold embossing powder.
I hope these 3 projects have inspired you to give this wonderful kit ago. :)

Last but by no means least I hope you find this video from Close To My Heart helpful on how to put the kit together. I am a visual girl so I know I did :)

Until next time happy crafting my friend xx

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Earn fabulous rewards FREE when you sign up as a Consultant!

This month only, when you sign up as a Consultant and reach
qualifying sales levels, you can choose from a selection of
FREE sign-up rewards, including a FREE Cricut® collection,
Block Alphabet Thin Cuts Bundle, or $148 AUD/$165.50 NZD
in Select Product Credit!
Simply sign up as a Consultant and submit $400 AUD/$450 NZD in personal sales before 30 September to earn this additional reward. Talk to your Consultant (Me) about signing up today!
 You can choose from 6 different Close To My Heart Cricut® Collections.
or get
Block Alphabet Thin Cuts + coordinating My Acrylix® In the Background stamp set.
or get
$148 AUD/$165.50 NZD Select Product Credit for purchasing products of your choosing.

Signing up is as easy as 1,2,3.... Please CLICK HERE and follow the prompts.

Until next time Happy Crafting xo

Friday, 18 August 2017

2017–2018 Annual Inspirations idea book (Australia/New Zealand)

What to know what is in our 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations Idea book? Then why not take a look at this great video today :)

Want to know more information? Feel free to contact me directly.

If there is anything you would like to order then head on over to my website and register yourself as a customer. While there don't forget to tick the box for our newsletter it comes out once a month.

All customers that place order via my online store receive a FREE thank you gift from me at the end of each month so please make sure that your contact and postal details are available to me as I love rewarding my customers :)

Until next time Happy Crafting and take care xx

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


Save 50% on Timeless Crafting Supplies!

Close To My Heart are having FIVE (5) sales—one for every week in August! Yeah!!!!

A fresh set of deals will be made available every Tuesday at 4:00 pm (AEST) or12:00 am (MDT) . You’ll also save on shipping costs through this sale, since shipping will be based on the discounted price of sale items!

These products will only be available for one week or while supplies last, so make sure you check the latest deals every Tuesday! Our first lot of specials are:-
  • Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Bulk Pack—Cocoa
  • Thankful for You Stamp + Thin Cuts
  • Swan Lake Bulk Paper Packet
  • Everyday Life™ Sea Glass Album & 2017 Planner Pages Bundle
  • Ultimate Fundamental Assortment Bundle
  • Ultimate Picture My Life™ Bundle
  • Ultimate Embossing Folders Bundle
  • Swan Lake Bundle
  • Ultimate Embellishments Bundle
  • Mini Book Bundle
  • Stamp Pad Bundle

Interested in even more special offers? Check out the awesome FREE items that you could get when you sign up as a Close To My Heart Consultant (I would love to have you as part of my team) or the extra rewards you can earn by hosting a Gathering this month. Just send me a message to arrange a day and time that suites both of us :)
August is off to a great start with lots of exciting things happening with CTMH and Monique Creates .

Until next time
Happy Crafting xo

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A little scrapbooking happened here!!!

I have sooo many photo's here that I have taken over the last many many years all ready to scrapbook but I keep printing my most recent ones and scrapbooking them first :) . Are you the same as me?

During December and January school holidays my grandchildren and I spent some time at the local Water Park in Sebastapol cooling down.
Here are is just one double page layout that I created ...there is another double page layout on its way :)
Water Park
For this project I used only Close To My Heart products with I just adore but some more about that in another post :)

This is grandson number 1 having a wonderful time.
Water Park page 1
Grandson number 3 didn't know I took this photo!
Water Park page 2
The products I used are:

  • White Daisy Cardstock
  • Red Glitter Cardstock
  • Basic Circle Thin Cuts Dies
  • Sea Glass Cardstock
  • Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Pack
  • Crystal Blue exclusive inks stamp pad

All these items can be purchased and sent directly to your home via my online store

Until next time Happy Crafting xo

Friday, 28 July 2017

Customer Thank you cards with July SOTM

Hello today I would like to share with you some very easy cards I made using the Storybook Alphabet Stamp Of The Month from Close To My Heart.
Storybook Alphabet S1707 Stamp of the month.
This is a really wonderful Alphabet set to have in your stamp collection as the letters are 1 inch in size so will fit on both cards and scrapbook layouts with ease.
Items I used.
The ink Colours I used were: Fern, Goldrush, Eggplant, New England Ivy and Peacock they are all from the Enchantment collection. I used a 1X1" My Acrylics Block code:- Y1000 and stamped each letter individually on a piece of 12X12" White Daisy cardstock Code: 1385
Stamping each letter individually did take a little time but was well worth the effort as I had them on an angle.

Thanks cards.
I used the CTMH Craft Cardstock Code: Z1375 as my card base.

I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at today's creativeness :)

Until next time
Happy Crafting xx

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Little Dreamer creations.

Over the past few days I have been having a play with CTMH little Dreamer collection of papers and stamps.

Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts (British Spelling)
Z3334E and Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts
Here are 3 of the cards I made.
Have a Magical Day - sparkle card

Double Dutch fold Have a Magical Day card.

I found a tutorial at Splitcoaststampers for this card template and adjusted it to fit into a standard envelope from our post office. The card fold is called Double Dutch.

Find your Rainbow double z fold card.
My 3rd card is one that I found a youtube tutorial on and again adjusted it to fit into one of our standard envelopes.

Our postal envelopes are a little larger then they are in the USA so it was fun working out how to adjust some of these cards..... but I did it and didn't waste too much cardstock :)

Until next time happy crafting xo

P.S. If you have enjoyed these cards please leave me a comment and also remember to follow my blog so you are kept up to date on what I am doing :)

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Be a Close To My Heart Hostess and be rewarded.

Be a Close To My Heart Hostess and be rewarded !!! 

You can host an in home demonstration or an online party with all your crafty friends.

Your selection of products for your Hostess Rewards includes these choices:

  • My Acrylix® Stamp Sets (Stamp of the Month stamps are not included)
  • My Acrylix® Blocks
  • Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads
  • Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad Sets
  • Exclusive Inks™ Re-inkers
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers
  • Complements
  • Paper packets
  • Fundamentals papers and Complements (excluding basics)
  • Cardstock Packs (excluding Kraft and Watercolor)
  • Picture My Life™
  • Workshops Your Way™ Kits
  • Cut Above™ Layout Kits
  • CTMH Rolling Bag** (50% off item only)
  • Whimsy Apron** (50% off item only)
  • CTMH Shoulder Bag** (50% off item only)
  • Workspace Wonder Bundle (50% off item only after party totals reach the 3rd level of rewards)
  • Cricut® Bundle (available only after party totals reach the 3rd level of hostess rewards)

Feel free to contact me if you wish to hold your own Close To My Heart Party.

Until next time Happy Crafting xx

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Workspace Wonder™ has some new add ons :)

Our Workspace Wonder™ storage system has a few new additions to make storing your Close To My heart products so much easier.
Workspace Wonder™ stacked one way.
Our original system consisted of the following items:-
Small Tray, Stamp Pad Stack, Marker Stack, Tool Cubby, Large tray and Paper tray.
Original stack
Our new additions are: Medium stack, Ribbon Organizer, Mini tray and Medium Tray.
Workspace Wonder™ Mini Tray
Item Number: Z5107

Workspace Wonder™ Medium Stack
Item Number: Z5110

Workspace Wonder™ Ribbon Organizer
Item Number: Z5109

Workspace Wonder™ Medium Tray
Item Number: Z5106
Take a look at this great video from Close To My Heart on stacking these items together.

If you are in Australia and would like to place an order for these or any other Close To My Heart products please CLICK HERE and the link will take you straight to my online store :) .

Until next time Happy Crafting to you all xx.


Saturday, 1 July 2017

It's Stampaganza time !!!

Let Stampaganza 2017 begin! 
Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! 
Choose from any stamp set in the current idea book, plus a collection of popular sets that we have brought back just for Stampaganza—for convenience, we’ve even created a special bundle of the 12 monthly word puzzle stamp sets that you can get at the special stampaganza buy-two-get-one price of $216 AUD/$244 NZD—a savings of $108 AUD/$122 NZD. 
These Stampaganza savings are only available during July, so start submitting those stamp orders fast!

Click HERE to visit my online store.
Click HERE to preview the our returning stamps for July only.

I have lots more exciting things to share with you in July so stay tuned. :)

Until next time happy crafting xx

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Flock Together CTMH SOTM

Happy Saturday Morning to you all.
Today I wanted to share 2 Mother's Day cards that I created using CTMH SOTM Flock Together ( S1704). This stamp is only available until the end of April 2017 so grab one while you can :)

Flock Together - Happy Mother's Day.
Once again I was inspired to give a great technique a try from the amazing Jennifer McGuire.
This technique she called Rainbow Backgrounds from scraps.
Flock Together in Silver.
I have got to say I did have a great old time cutting up my cardstock scraps that have been laying in a tub for awhile :)
Why not give it a go yourself the video is really easy to follow  :)

Until next time Happy Crafting xx

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Pearlised Birthday card

Today I would like to share a birthday card that I made for my daughter earlier in April.
This card was inspired by a video I saw on Youtube from Jennifer McGuire You will find the video and links lower down in today's post :)

To my daughter.
For this card I used the following products:-
* Navy cardstock from my stash
* White pre-scored card base from CTMH
* Beloved Bouquet Stamp of the month from CTMH (S1601) Retired.
*Versamark ink
* Sentiment is from a Kaszazz stamp set.
* White dotted ribbon from Kaszazz.
* Large white pearl from Kaszazz.
* Blue gems from KaiserCraft.
* Perfect Pearls clear from Ranger Ink.

I really loved playing with this technique and Jennifer made it very easy to follow her along on Youtube :) I so can't wait to try this one again very soon.

Until next time Happy Crafting xx

Friday, 31 March 2017

Easter Bunny Card

Version 1 Using Easter Bunny SOTM
Today I would like to share with you all 2 versions of the same card :) Easter is just around the corner and I have quite a few cards to make for family and friends.

Version 2 using Easter Bunny SOTM
For these cards I used the following items from Close To My Heart -
* S1702 - Easter Bunny Stamp of the Month (February 2017)
* Z3262 - Rustic Home Fundamentals paper pack
* Z2868 - Colonial White ink pad
* 3505 - Water colour pencils
* Z2067 - Ranger Silver Super Fine embossing powder
* Z891 - VersaMark Ink Pad
* 1512 - Bonding Memories Glue
* Z1297 - Edge Distresser
* Z3318 - Thin Cuts - Basic Circles

I also had in my stash a heat tool/gun for embossing the silver embossing powder and my Ezy-press for die cutting.

I always tell people that I am not a fan of fussy cutting but I am starting to get use it it these days :)

Until next time Happy Crafting xx

Monday, 6 March 2017

CTMH March Consultant Opportunity

Our March consultant opportunity is just the cutest :)
Sweet Birthday Stamp + Thin Cuts
When you join you will receive this stamp and Thin Cuts set as a thank you from CTMH in your new kit.

Sweet as a Cupcake
This is just one of the cute card designs that you can create very easily with this stamp and die set and a few inks and papers (which could be your 1st order :) )

CTMH 2017 kit.
If you would love to receive upto 22% + off your card making and scrapbooking supplies why not consider joining my team.
Each new team member this month will also receive a very special thank you gift from me in early to mid  April as my show of appreciation :)

Until next time Happy Crafting xx