Everything ABC’s Blog Hop B

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Welcome to the 2014 Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter B. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their A element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy

If you came from Wendy Kessler’s Blog then you’re on the right track!

B is for BOX! 

Welcome the letter B on the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop. I hope you enjoy the journey and wow the lineup is awesome now holidays are over and we are into abrand new range of product! Here in Australia we have lots of first time products!

I gave a lot of thought to B. Nothing came to be in my mind until I got my first order of all the new product. In the new Ideas book I spotted the My Creations Journalling Card Box z1953 and thought that looks interesting – I will grab one. Well….it is an awesome companion for the new Picture My Life program collections on page 66-69 of the new Ideas book. I ordered the Skylark one. I also had to try out the textiles! (Page 83) Skylark is Z1970. I already had the Jute ribbon but to date had not opened the packet. So an idea formed and my ‘B’ project was born! (PS Your idea books may be available from your consultant now – the electronic one will be live Feb 1)

Skylark Journalling Cards Box

Skylark Journalling Cards Box

In order to make this box I needed the box, the textile pack, the Jute ribbon, and the compliments all in the coordinating set of skylark. I also needed Mod Podge, my favourite brush and a water basin along with some paper towel.

The How

First I secured the inside step in the box by painting a little mod podge on it and holding it until tacky enough to leave.

Secure the insert

Secure the insert


Next I cut about  81/2  inches x 9 1/2 inches of the green print fabric. Making a 1/4 inch fold and matching the seam on the box at the back where lid joins base I adhered the fabric to the lower section of the back. The fold gives a neat finish. To do this I painted the back liberally with mod podge, applied the fabric, then added more mod podge on top. I did this for two reasons – one it make the fabric REALLY stuck on, but also acts as a sealer making my box durable and easy to wipe clean if I get it grubby for some reason. (Chocolate does get everywhere doesn’t it?) Each of these images can be viewed larger size by clicking on them.


Be liberal with the mod podge – line the fabric up at the crease.


work your way over the bottom and up the front


if you need to let a section dry before moving on do so – it doesn’t take long and you will appreciate not getting super sticky fingers. A damp cloth is all you need to keep your hands free from tackiness.


I did the sides after the back through front sections were dry. I folded the outermost edge to create a nice seam.


In between each section my brush rested in water. Have a wad of paper towel handy to blot off excess water before loading with more mod podge at each step.

Once the bottom half was dry I guestimated a piece of the striped fabric to fit the lid. This time I started by adhering inside the lid at the front and working over to the back, again making a nice seam at the fold to match the first one.


Start inside the lid and work your way around.


I used a craft knife to trim away the excess on the bottom when it was well and truly dry.

Once all the fabric is on and dried it is time to decorate; I tore a 2 inch strip of the blue fabric, folded it in half and made a bow with it. The raw edges matches the old worldy look and the natural look of the jute. It worked really well to cover the join in the jute. Sticking it down with a big splodge of Mod podge worked. I also used mod podge to adhere the dimensional compliments. 


splodge away!

A little more decoration on the lid and I was done

Skylark Journaling cards box

Skylark Journaling cards box

This really was a quick and easy project and now I have an awesome box for all these journal cards!


I reckon it really has been



How awesome are these Picture My Life cards! More on these further down the track as I get my PML project under way! More Skylark too as I can’t wait to do the WOTG kit!

So there you have your B project! I hope you have enjoyed it. Please, if you have a question as away. I had a ball putting some of my old painting skills to use and am happy to help if I can.

Be sure to talk to your consultant today about this awesome new product range!

If you are local (Mildura) be sure to follow me or grab my newsletter for information about doing this project as a workshop.


All supplies are available for ordering direct from my online store. Click Here to browse.

My Creations Journalling card box z1953

Jute Ribbon z1867

Skylark Textiles z1970

Skylark PML Program z1947

Skylark Complements x7177c

Triangle Studs z1928

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Susan Green – Flair Chase-Hop on over there to see what she has in store for you.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way 🙂

1. Linda Norman – Scrappy Therapy

2. Wendy Kessler – My Scrapbooking Blog

3. Jenny Gilbert – Jen’s Creative Classroom  You Are Here

4. Susan Green –Flair Chase-

5. Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings

6. Michelle Battitori – Michelle’s Handmade World

7. Catherine Nowak~ CatScrapbooking 

8. Stephanie Feist= Quilted Scrapper

9. Anita Autore – Cards & Coffee 

Time is running out on Cloud Nine and more!

I have had a lovely time creating these awesome cards with the Cloud Nine Card making Kit. It is incredible value at just $20 with every $55 purchase – the stamp set alone is work more and the washi tape and Shimmer trim are among my favourite products.

Cloud Nine cards

Cloud Nine cards


My card making with this kit has not of course stopped there with the stamp set making it possible to replicate all of the designs with other papers and even create my own with scraps. I have posted before about cards I have made with scraps – here is a pile of scraps and a few samples I made with them.

From Scraps

From Scraps

to cards

to cards


Not Only Is time running our on Cloud Nine, we also have the last days of the items retiring from the Product Launch Guide. For example all of the current WOTG kits are retiring – some have already been depleted! Be sure to pop over to this link and check out the retiring papers and stamps and grab what you need before they are gone.

Your online order will automatically be in the draw for the host rewards of this month’s online shopping!  Remember any order of $75 of more entitles you to get stamp of the month for just $5 – awesome value! I love the rewards we get for shopping with Close To My Heart and invite you to join in!

I will soon be putting on show for you the NEW products! Can’t wait!



Close To My Heart delivers!!!

Happy days ahead for those of us who have empty coversets that were manufactured with strap bindings! Close To My Heart have come to the rescue and from Feb 1 2014 you can get just what you need to fill those strap hinge albums!

Let me show you…Here is a shot where I am loading sleeves into an empty album, a poor old soul that was just begging to be sporting photos and memories!

The slits n the seams are reinforced by the fact they are double layered and they are a perfect fit for the NLA CM strap hinge albums.

The slits n the seams are reinforced by the fact they are double layered and they are a perfect fit for the NLA CM strap hinge albums.

When you load an wmpty album up do not pull the straps tight as you might have once done - leave it loose so it will turn nicely and stay flat. I will add more tips once I fill my pages but from the outset just let the bindings sit at the same level of tautness your album has when brand new.

When you load an empty album up do not pull the straps tight as you might have once done – leave it loose so it will turn nicely and stay flat. I will add more tips once I fill my pages but from the outset just let the bindings sit at the same level of tautness your album has when brand new. That little gap you see here helps with page turning.

Add your pages….from the side!!!

The best thing for those of us who are creatures of habit....SIDE LOADING!

The best thing for those of us who are creatures of habit….SIDE LOADING!

Yes that is right! These are side loaders which many of us are used to!

We are indebted to Close To My Heart for meeting customer demand for these pages. They are available from Feb 1. If you have some of those strap hinge albums begging for pages contact me today about the first ordering opportunity (or get onto your consultant now )

The sleeves come in packs of 25 and cost $26 AU. Imagine that! No need for pages and protectors – just grab these sleeves and pop in your 12 x 12 pages done. What a fabulous cost effective solution to the lack of ‘pages’ for those albums! In the long run there will be less weight, more colour and less white in your album! Win Win!!!

Watch this space for the live link on Feb 1! The item number you are looking for at my online store is Z1969. How wonderful of CTMH to manufacture these for us. Thank You CTMH!



Sensational scraps

I have been cleaning up and making way for exciting new products coming out in February. I had a LOT of For Always scraps as I used this paper as a feature in an albu,. I had zip strips, 1 inch strips, little rectangles and squares. There were lots of bits of paper I was loathe to throw away.

I got myself some silver card bases which made a nice background to this paper and went to town with my scraps. I made a dozen cards and 2 scrapbook pages!


Here are the cards I made using the current Stamp of the month

Usnf the Stamp of the Month

Using the Stamp of the Month

Using Stamp of the Month

Using Stamp of the Month

For these cards I used the stamp set in the Sarita WOTG kit

Using Sarita WOTG tamp

Using Sarita WOTG tamp

Using the Sarita Stamp Set

Using the Sarita Stamp Set and Love Doily 

Using the new awesome Cloud Nine stamp set

Using the Cloud Nine stamp Set

Using the Cloud Nine stamp Set


Using the Cloud Nine stamp Set

Using the Cloud Nine stamp Set

This one uses a host only stamp


Here is the page using stamps from the For Always WOTG


For these I made use of all the strips in the first one and in the second I punched little 1/2 inch squares and the Zip Strip for the title

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Finally one that started out as three blocks and grew to something special inspired by Atlantic Hearts Sketch 37

Sketch 37

For this one I have used the Card Word Puzzle  set and coloured the images with a variety of Exclusive inks markers. I little shine is there thanks to Liquid Glass.


This was the first of three sets I will be doing. It was fun and now I have an even more fun stash of cards ready for the right occasion at very little cost since I used scraps to create them.

If you like the papers featured here be sure to pop over to my online store and make a purchase of For Always before it disappears completely. The same will be the case for the Sarita WOTG stamp. Also retiring is Card Chatter. As a bonus while you are shopping you can get the Cloud Nine Card making kit and Stamp of the month with qualifying orders!

Find out more on You Tube


Sketch Challenge


I have not done a sketch challenge before but Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 36 did have me inspired to create this page on the left. I still had some Sarita Paper and embellishments left and they were a perfect fit for the photos. I don’t know if this is a good interpretation of the sketch but it got me going! I then went ahead and created the page on the right to compliment the first.

Close up of the left side

Close up of the left side

To stamp ‘TODAY I used Goldrush and Gyspy pigment inks. I inks the middle of the stamp with goldrush, then the edges in gypsy. Once I cut the image out I used a dauber and Gypsy ink to darken the very edges further. I sanded the lettering and the edge of the page. I used bonding memories glue for the wooden button. I love this glue – it gives you time before it ‘grabs’ and gives a firm stick when done. The tag is supported with 3D foam tape.

Close up of the right side

Close up of the right side

For the title here I put it down on scratch paper and daubed the top edge with Gypsy ink. This is how I have achieved the two tone look. I also attempted to emphasise the downunder with its placement, and the arrow.

To create these pages I have used the following Close To My Heart products which are all available to order in Australia via my online store. You can also contact me directly if you would like to know more. Email nenifoofer@gmail.com

Hearty Ingredients!

* = retiring end of January 2014

*Sarita Workshop on the Go Kit

Cardstock – Goldrush, Lagoon, Gypsy, Colonial White

Exclusive Inks – Gypsy, Autumn Terracotta, Lagoon

Pigment inks – Gypsy, Goldrush

Cricut Cartridges – Art Philosophy -Font for titles;  Artbooking p 59 ‘Hello’ on RHS page


*Sarita WOTG stamp set for the title;

D1531 Artiste cricut collection stamp set for the Arrow;

*C156B Host reward stampset for the ‘Hooray banner’

*Laughing Lola Card Making kit stamp set for ‘You can never have too much happy’


Purple and Aqua dots came in the kits but can also be ordered separately

Teal Shimmer Trim – NEW – found in the Cloud Nine Card making kit.



3D Foam Tape

Bonding Memories Glue (great for lettering)

I hope you have enjoyed these ideas and perhaps are inspired to have a go at a sketch challenge! One little sketch led first to a card, then to a double page spread – go figure!

Happy Crafting!


SOTM Cross Stitch Wishes part 2

Hi readers! I have been doing some therapy! Creative play is good for the soul and I have been creating some cards with the Cross Stitch Wishes stamp set, our current Stamp of the Month. There is nothing tricky about these – just stamp and colour!


Here is a little peek at some of the easy to do cards I have created.

Angel Friends B1435

I have stamped the Heart banner twice. The second is stamped in a contrasting colour with two cut out and mounted with 3D Foam Tape. What I loves most about doing this was experimenting with CTMH alcohol markers and blending. Coulouring in is very therapeutic for the soul!

Angel Friends and Cross Stitch Wishes - a perfect combination of stamps.

Angel Friends and Cross Stitch Wishes – a perfect combination of stamps.

Add a colour backround to the angel

Add a colour background to the angel

Just the stamp and cardstock

This card has just the cross stitch wishes stamps on their own.

This card has just the cross stitch wishes stamps on their own.

Babycakes G1068 This kit is in its last month. The stamp set and buttons are a great addition to your collection. I have featured this kit on this post. 

This one is inspired by a sketch challenge! I saw the sketch, looked at my scraps and yep...it works!

This one is inspired by a sketch challenge! I saw the sketch, looked at my scraps and yep…it works! The tiny little button comes from the Sarita WOTG kit,

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 36 was behind this piece and it was fun to do! Go take a look at the other awesome creations!

Chantilly g1053 This WOTG kit has been really popular and is also in its last month. The paper packet is also on the retiring list so if you like the pretty Chantilly be sure to order it before it is gone.

In this one I had a ton o zip strips from Chantilly to use up. With mitred corners it make a very pretty frame!

In this one I had a ton o zip strips from Chantilly to use up. With mitred corners it make a very pretty frame!

Pretty Chantilly and some ribbon from my stash. Fast and easy!

Pretty Chantilly and some ribbon from my stash. Fast and easy!

There you go – a few little cards, quick and easy to do by making use of scraps. It is economical and good therapy at the same time! Be sure to shop online at jenscreativeclassroom.ctmh.com.au if you are in Australia. Join my Cloud Nine online shopping draw but ordering through the ‘join now’ button. Grab these now retiring items and collect your $20* Cloud Nine card making kit (awesome value with shimmer trim, washi tape, cards, die cuts, paper and stamp set) ; your  $5* stamp of the month!

* To qualify – Cloud Nine order total must be $55; For SOTM order total must be $75 (including Cloud Nine!)

Happy crafting – the best way to spend holidays if you are not on a holiday somewhere!


PS If you live in the Sunraysia Region and would like to know about up coming classes and workshops complete this form and put newsletter i the comment. I will be in touch real soon!

I am on Cloud Nine!

This month is National Papercrafting Month with Close To My Heart and I am happy to be able to share with you now this awesome package that can be yours with any $55 order.

cloud 9 bannner

Let’s take a look ! Kristine tells it all so much better than I could write it.

Being a consultant has its perks and I was able to get this kit in December. I had the 10 cards made in under 2 hours! Now I have the stamp set, instruction guide, and super new Gold polka dot Washi and Shimmer trim at hand to replicate this with other papers, or even other embellishments so I am about to start on variations to the theme.

If you would like to have this kit on hand when attending the first workshop of 2014 you will need to order early. You need a $55 qualifying order so consider a Workshop on the Go Kit – these will end at the end of this month as new designs are brought in so if you love these kits now is the time to get them! Add inks Sunset and Lagoon so you can do your cards, and woila you have your qualifying order. You will also qualify for the awesome stamp of the month Cross Stitch Wishes. 

My first workshop is scheduled for Jan 19 in Mildura so if you are local be sure to let me know if you want to come along. :pts of exciting new releases will be on show as we move to our full range and a brand new ideas book! Complete the form below if you would like to book in to the workshop,  be added to my Mailing list, or have a question about any of our products including the new consultant kit!