Anzac Day Feature

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Anzac Day has long been an important day in the calendar of both Australia and New Zealand as we remember the lives given for our freedom at Anzac Cove during World War I. Anzac Day, April 25 is a day of such significance in our history and culture, both our countries have national public holidays. The main event of the day is the formal Dawn ceremony and parade of Veterans, the sounding of the Last Post and the minute of silence ended with ‘Lest We Forget’ in services across the nation. This solemnity is followed by some popular past times including big brekkies, BBQ’s, making and eating ANZAC biscuits, and playing Two Up down the pub.

As Australasian Close To My Heart consultants we wanted to showcase the Australasian Stamp Sets that Close To My Heart have made for us. The projects we share with you today are shared in the spirit of both gratitude and national pride.

We hope you enjoy seeing some artwork focusing on these stamp sets! They include

Australian Salutations,  Australian Thanks, Outback Adventure,

Hoppy BirthdayNew Zealand Greetings and  Aussie Praises.

If you have arrived here from Savanah scraps you are in the right place.

Anzac Day Layout

Double page layout featuring the Stamp Set Aussie Praises.

Double page layout featuring the Stamp Set Aussie Praises.

I hope with this layout you will have some photos taken on Anzac day, or perhaps have some heritage photos you can use. I recently saw a post asking followers what the would get up to for ‘Anzac Day shenannigans’ and that is very much the spirit of the day after the formalities are done. there ought to be lots of Anzac day photos you can take for this layout if you participate in a Dawn service.

I have used the new Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment UV coated papers in this design. My Base is Cashmere card stock. I used two 4 inch strips of the beige Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment to support the photo section and 1 inch strips of the same print  the other side up to border this. (2 up anyone?) All these pieces were edge distressed with Chocolate Distressing ink. This works well with the UV coating on the paper.


We say Cut, Ink, Stick – and that is the process I followed. I cut all the pieces, prepared all the embellishments, played dressup with the layout and then stuck it all down.

I looked online for icons I wanted to use in addition to the Aussie Praises stamp set. I needed a slouch hat, the poem, a ‘lest we forget’, and since I am always haunted by the Last Post I had to have a bugle on the page. (My Dad could play one of these!) There is nothing like the sound of this haunting tune to move me heart and soul. (Save bagpipes playing  Amazing Grace) I glued the icons to scrap cardstock and trimmed them out. These were to be placed through all the red poppies.

I stamped the banner stamp from Aussie Praises twice using bamboo and the two slogans in Chocolate on top. Edges are inked in Chocolate. ‘True blue’ is on Colonial White card, as are ‘Bonza Job’ and ‘Spot on’ inked with Chocolate and edged in either chocolate or desert sand. My ‘Lest we forget’ is straight from google images and printed on paper. It got some desert sand smudging too so it had the aged look. The images I found were trimmed and mounted on the dark chocolate Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment, and the title is cut from the same using the Alphabet from Artiste Cricut Cartridge.

PS If you need to know what Bonza is go here!


Foliage border, with edges inked in New England Ivy to add shape and dimension.

For the Poppy border I found a lovely leafy border in Artbooking on page 72 that is the closest to actual poppy leaves I could find. I cut this at the recommended 11 inches and stretched it a little more in CCR. I also did the shift key for extra foliage, I have burnished the lower edges of this with New England Ivy and a sponge dauber. I try to do this as I like the extra dimension another layer of colour gives.

For the popies the perfect stamp is the flower from B1432 Love This.


I stamped with Black on a 4 inches wide piece of  Ruby card stock. I then fussy cut them all out with the mocrotip scissors. (Love these guys. If you have no other reason to get a kit – get it for the scissors!) I sanded the edges of these and added more fresh ink colour using Ruby Pigment ink pad. This is brighter and added some subtle colour change in the flowers so they were not all flat. I used a gold marking pen to put in centers and added more fine lines with the  Marvy® Uchida® Lepen™ in the centre to make them stand out more. I am not sure I have captured the subtle colours in the photo but I hope you get the idea.


sand, ink, bend and colour the centers to bring your poppies to life.

sand, ink, bend and colour the centers to bring your poppies to life.

I have glued some down flat, others I curled with the bone folder and mounted with 3D Foam tape. So there is a lot of dimension in the poppy spray along with the other icons I found.

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I hope you have an enjoyable ANZAC Day and remember the fallen with gratitude if you are an Aussie or a Kiwi. If you aren’t then take the time to find out more about one of our most revered national holidays and why it means so much to us.  You can find more information about ANZAC DAY here. If you want to try your hand at making Anzac Biscuits just google for a recipe – the more golden syrup you use the crunchier they will be! You won’t regret it, they are delicious!

To finish of in honour of the solemnity of the day, here is one of the recitations at Anzac day ceremonies across our nation.

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All the items used in this project are available for purchase online at Jens Creative Classroom. Thank you for visiting the hop. Now hop on over to Lauren Moore’s CTMH craftings

The following CTMH products have been used in this project.

Aussie PraisesD1598

Love This  B1432

Paper Fundamentals Basics AssortmentZ1939

Artbooking and Artiste Cricut collections * It is still April…either of these is still free – ask us your consultants today!

Metallics Markers Z1768

Distressing Inks Z1296 Chocolate

Cardstock Cashmere, Ruby, Topiary

Exclusive Inks Chocolate, Desert Sand, Black, New England Ivy

Enchantment pigment inks collection (ruby) Z2502

Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors Z1836

Marvy® Uchida® Lepen™ Z1979

Adhesives – Bonding Memories Glue, 1512 3D Foam Tape Z1151

Don’t forget this month’s Stamp of the month and your Free to be Me paper pack are just $5 with a $75 order.



A Very Happy Mother and great savings for you!

mothers dayI love Mother’s Day. (not just because I was born on that day!) It is a time to celebrate the awsomeness that comes from being a Mum. Imagine the pleasure of Giving mum a hand made card? Or even better a lovely photo wallet? (stay tuned – that post is coming)   CTMH have this lovely stamp set we can use for Mothers day cards and mini photo albums to celebrate and thank our mums, or even give to someone who is a mum in spirit, or perhaps someone who we know is under-appreciated as a mum. A nice little old fashioned snail mail card could just make their day!

Mother’s Day Stamp Set C1577 Just $19

This stamp set is C1577 and you will find it on 86 of your idea book. ( Email nenifoofer@gmail.com if you would like to order one. ) You can take this link to get right to it online. The most difficult decision with this stamp set is which of the four silhouettes to use and what sentiment for inside – are we all likely to ‘quote our mother’s’? Are we like Dad’s only smarter? I love the elegance of this design and it teams well with  the lovely Ariana papers.


Ariana Paper Pack – Just $14


The card is simple and easy to make and I have FREE kits packed and ready to go. All you need to do is book a home class (if you are within cooee of Mildura), or include this stamp set in your order of $75 or more at  my online store and I will send you the kit free of charge. This offer is limited to April purchases only.

While placing your order make it worth your while to SAVE by getting the Balloon Talk Stamp of the Month and the Free to Be Me Paper packs, BOTH just $5 each with orders totalling $75. That is a saving of over $30 for your crafting pleasure! Through May I will be posting projects you can do with your Free to be me papers so watch out for those!

Balloon Talk April Stamp of the month.

Free to Be Me National Scrapbook Month paper packet - just $5 with every order over $75. This is pretty and exclusive, available only for a short time.

Free to Be Me National Scrapbook Month paper packet – just $5 with every order over $75. This is pretty and exclusive, available only for a short time.

I am really looking forward to sharing this with you in upcoming classes or by post. I will show you the photo Wallet project in my next post. Stay tuned!





Everything ABC’s Blog Hop H

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop! For this hop we will be featuring the letter H This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their # element will be featured in their post

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy  If you came from “Pam Trostle ~ Pam’s Crafty Creations”


Our idea book and Catalog is not only a catalog but a wonderful source of inspiration! There are many places to find Hexagons in Close To My Heart products. For this project I have chosen the Honeycomb Stamp set, Artbooking Honeycomb overlay, and Ariana papers.  The project is inspired by the layout featured on Page 95 of the Idea book and Catalog. I simply have switched papers, and embellishments. The rest is very much the same. Cricut Collections like Arbooking really open up the creative possibilities for our scrapbooking. You can follow the Artbooking Made Easy videos  too. Each week CTMH brings us a new episode to inspire us!

Artbooking Hexagon Overlay and Honeycomb hexagon stamps make a beautiful combination.

Artbooking Hexagon Overlay and Honeycomb hexagon stamps make a beautiful combination. I love Mr Mower – behaves himself. Ms Snippety is so nasty she doesn’t behave so she isn’t in a photo of my garden!

To create this layout I have used the honeycomb overlay key on page 67 using the 11 inch setting and the title spring is from page 63. I created the word ‘garden’ by grouping and linking letters in Cricut Craftroom.layered papers on mat readyfor four different colours of hexagons.

Next I did as many  Hexagons as would fit on 3 inch strips on my mat using different papers, some printed, some plain. This is cut at 11 inches from page 66. Remember these keys have images adjusted to suit the sizeof the artbooking layout they are intended for. This is the perfect size for the Honeycomb stamp set. The plain ones were stamped with Honeycomb stamp set C1537 I love the versatility of this stamp set and think it is a must for every crafter who stamps!



Next I had to get those hexagons onto the overlay. This could be a really really sticky business but doesn’t need to be with Bonding Memories Glue pen, Tweezers, and a piece of non stick baking paper. Using this paper underneath as you work will avoid things sticking where you do not want them to stick! Draw with the glue pen and stick the pieces down. Give the glue time to ‘take up’. Once it grabs, it stays stuck!

Bonding Memories Glue pen, baking paper and tweezers.

Bonding Memories Glue pen, baking paper and tweezers.

It is not necessary to fill all the spaces. You can skip some and stamp directly on the background. I also only wanted to fill those places that would be visible as the rest is covered by photos. So I focused on top and bottom. Allow this to dry really well before adhering it across 2 12×12 pages. Allow this to dry if you have used Bonding memories glue, then split into two.

To decorate I have used other strips of Ariana paper, the exclusive consultant only Petite Perks stamp set to put on some butterflies and dragonflies, (If you Host a Gathering you can be cheeky and ask for this stamp set as your gift for hosting! It is really cute. It also has a bird and a flower.) Don’t have a nearby consultant? Join and you will get these AND YOUR FREE CRICUT CARTRIDGE  if you join our family in April ready to create and do business.

During April when you join us at Close To My Heart you will get one of these Cricut Collections Free. This adds $130 value to your already fabulous $400 value kit. Talk to your consultant today!

During April when you join us at Close To My Heart you will get one of these Cricut Collections Free. This adds $130 value to your already fabulous $400 value kit. (Australia) Talk to your consultant today!

Here is a close up of the completed pages

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I decided to use the Rose and title bars from Ariana complements and the leaf design is from Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge page 43. For the leaves and titles I have added dimension by daubing Olive exclusive ink to them. One stem of leaves is given dimension with Foam tape. The background paper is Sorbet Cardstock and the little images are stamped with Sunset and Sorbet. I have mounted the photos on Cashmere card stock after chalking the edges up with Chocolate distress ink. I have used the sanding kit to distress the outside edge of the pages.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is “ My Heart’s Design – Cary Magnani” and see what she has done with H. .In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

Products used in this layout

Cricut® Artbooking Collection Z1906

Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection Z1686

Honeycomb C1537

Bonding Memories™ Glue 1512

Ariana Paper Packet  X7179B

Ariana Complements X7179C

Distressing Inks Z1296

Sponge Daubers Z726

Sanding Kit  Z1294

3-D Foam Tape Z1151

Tweezers Z1382

Exclusive Inks Sorbet Z2164 Olive Z2137 and Sunset. Z2191

Floating your Fancy with Cricut Cartridge Inspiration

Hi! Thank you for visiting today!

Did you know Close To My Heart regularly gives us fabulous creative ideas for projects and techniques we can use on pages, cards and off the page projects?

Well they do and my Cricut is begging to be running hot with some of these ideas and I take these ideas to my classes and workshops. I can show you how to make the most of your kit and your cartridge and even help you source a Cricut Machine if you do not have one.

I am especially excited this much as Close To My Heart has a gift for you if you decide to join our family where everyone is welcome. You can choose the Artbooking Cartridge free if you join this month! Take a look at the ideas presented here as an example of what this Cricut Collection can do for you.

You can do these on a page, in your project 360 album, or on anything else that will work for you! The exclusive stamp sets are part of the Free cricut collection!

If you would like to know more about joining Close To My Heart and getting your creative on complete this contact form and I will respond as soon as I can!





Everything ABC’s Letter G- GLAMOUR!

abc bloghopWelcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter G. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their G element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy If you came from Darlys Recker – Crafty Happy then you’re on the right track!

G is for Glamour!

Close up of some of the Glam with CTMH

Close up of some of the Glam with CTMH

We have plenty of Glamour at Close To My Heart! There is of course lots of shimmer and bling to choose from. We have glitter papers that do not flake everywhere. We have a whole range of colours in sparkles and gems including the Sparkle Black Flourishes. I also I love our alphasets and I especially love the Glamour sets D1537 and D1522. It is this alpha set that was the starting place for my project.

Glamour Upper Case Stamp Set

Glamour Lower Case set

From this decision and selecting the photo I then went for a browse through my Cricut Collections and found an overlay in Artbooking which has doubled as a stencil and glamour icons  Artiste. There is the Eiffel Tower, a Dressmakers manikin, a dress, a coat hanger, a chandelier and more on p 40-41. I cut the overlay from page  of Artbooking p 47. Then I did a bit of everything else. I tried a few different pieces and not all made it to the completed page. But that is ok – that is what Mixed media is about!

In my stash I had gold ribbons, paper clips and some other bits and pieces along with my Gesso, Texture paste and Spray pens.

Finally I grabbed my Base and Bling rhinestones ( I could have chosen more!) and I had a rather large assortment of Glamour pieces to choose from for my page to go with the Glam look of my girlfriend and I celebrating in style.

Of course red an purple are hard to work with. By sticking with neutrals of Black, Bamboo, and Desert Sand in both Ink and cardstock I was able to back this photo and not create too much competition.

Here is the final page I came up with

The finished page  minus some journalling

The finished page minus some journalling

The How

I began with a white cardstock base and first sealed it with gesso. (Available from art supply and craft stores) CTMH cardstock is very absorbent for any wet techniques so this step is important. I then used my overlay as a stencil and added texture paste.  (Available from art supply and craft stores). Wipe the excess paste off the stencil and you then have the overlay ready when dry for inking. This step was left overnight to dry.



Use a spatula, knife or tongue depresser to spread texture paste over the stencil.


Lift the overlay (stencil) away, wipe off excess and leave to dry. Baking paper is excellent for this as nothing sticks!


I then sprayed black ink onto the surface. It looked more grey than black when dry but that was ok. You can see a touch of green in this when sprayed too.  I rubbed the dried texture paste with the ink pad and got  a nice strong black as a stark contrast. I then smudged the background with Bamboo Pigment in and then background stamped the page with Bamboo and Black. For the black I used secondary stamping technique. This means you stamp once on scrap  then on the project. This took the ‘strong’ black out so it did not compete with what was to come. The stamp set for  this section of the work is from Inspiration Flourishes Stamp Set C1581. I also used this stamp set in the embellishments on the page.


Get some nice big drips, hold the page ertical and let it run for a little more fun!



I rubbed the overlay piece with bamboo pigment ink. I also smudged this into the background.

. Next I had to bling up the Paper for the photo so I used Versamark ink and some Silver embossing powder. You could easily use Silver Glitter paper to do this without all the fuss!

Dress Ups! This is the funbit. Play around with your elements and where you may place them on the page. Once you are happy with it you can begin to stick it down.

Dress Ups! This is the fun bit. Play around with your elements and where you may place them on the page. Once you are happy with it you can begin to stick it down.

Now I finished off elements ready for the page. I used liquid glass on the Chandelier and Eiffel Tower, distressed the edges of the dress, put overlay on the manikin and stamped and distressed the title and other elements.I found the overlay needed black behind it so I did that and my piece of scrap silver was too big so I made it smaller. I added and took away bits of ribbon and things from my sewing stash too. You get the idea. play dressups and see what you come up with.

My Gold ribbon was wired. To stick it down I used Liquid Glass and a bit of weight thanks to a craft knife and scissors while the glue dried. I also used foam tape to help with height for the other pieces.

Weight used to allow liquid glass time to dry and hold the ribbon

Weight used to allow liquid glass time to dry and hold the ribbon

I then went ahead sticking all the other bits down. At last minute I decided to add the ivy lane flowers and therefore needed a bit of green – I had some other pieces I had cut and the negative spaces from these so they did the job. The finished arrangement is not like the first – the dress or the tower….I wanted the Eiffel Tower to fit in. I also needed to sponge a little more black under the dressmakers manikin so it didn’t get lost.

Finally I decided the page needed an edge so with the help of daubers and Bamboo and Desert sand I got a distressed edge.

Here is another look at the finished piece.

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I hope you have enjoyed this project and are inspired by this way of taking your scrapbooking to a new level with mixed media and the help of the Cricut Collections. I hoe you know by now you can get a Cricut Collection Free this month if you join us at Close To My Heart.Discover the Art of Business Promotion. That is a whopping $130 AU extra for your kit to get started. Please chat to your consultant  about the April 2014 CTMH opportunity!

This is the final stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hopfor the letter G. I hope we have inspired you! You can go back to the beginning  Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy . If you have just entered the hop be sure to head over there and go through all the posts. Hop on over there and See what she has done with G!

CTMH Products used in this project are available to purchase online. 

  • Glamour Upper Case Alphaset D1537
  • Inspiration Flourishes C1581
  • Inks: Black Bamboo Desert Sand
  • Black and silver Glitter paper  Z1829
  • Cricut Collection Artbooking Z1906
  • Cricut Collection Artiste Z1790
  • Spray Pen Z1380
  • Liquid Glass z679
  • 3D Foam Tape z1151
  • Ivy Lane Assortment Z3001
  • Sparkles Black Flourishes z1745

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy (link: found on signup doc) for a complete list of participants!


Balloon Talk S1404A : CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop


Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Jenny’s Heart and Craft 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 this Family Party Time double page layout which features April Stamp of the Month Balloon Talk S1404A  available exclusively throughout April for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

Family Party Tome featuring Balloon Talk SOTM available only in April.

Family Party Time featuring Balloon Talk SOTM available only in April.

Right away Balloon Talk brings to mind fun pages. The sample provided in the stamp set also takes this approach.

SOTM Balloon Talk

SOTM Balloon Talk

These fabulous labels and key words can be used on formal scrapbook pages, cards and would be great fun in any mini album or the Crush Book. 
I have pretty much completed my 50th Birthday album but there was one set of photos I had not yet done. I needed fun papers, fun titles and CTMH have provided both in the current Idea Book. 

Lolydoodle paper pack. Also available in a Card making kit and a Workshops on the go Scrapbooking kit.

Lollydoodle is funky, fun and colourful. I chose the pink highlight colour to bring out the pink outfits of the under 50’s guests and the Whisper base was a good neutral way to carry the colours through both pages. This page celebrates my family’s love of belting out a good bit of old fashioned rock from the 70’s and 8o’s, my brothers love of air guitar and us all joining our entertainer Paul for a sing along. It was this aspect of my celebration that was truly ‘AWESOMENESS’. Yes we did have a blast.

The layout is based on pattern 9 in Make it from your heart Vol 1 pp 22-23. I chose this design as I only had a few scraps of Lolloydoodle left to use after having used both the WOTG kit and the Card making kit. The frame supporting the photo on the left page is cut with the Cricut Artiste Cartridge (p 60) and the title family is on the same page. I cut the flowers from page 54. I set these up in Cricut craftroom on my mat specifically to fit the size of the paper pieces I had.

Close up of right hand page showing Balloon Talk

Close up of left hand page showing Balloon Talk

You can see them ready to go in the cricut here.

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I have also used Artbooking Cartridge to get Party Time title (p 87) and Live out loud title (p44).

On the right hand side, the photo mat with the stars is from page 65. (Both these Cricut collections and the Art Philosophy Cartridge are FREE in April for anyone joining CTMH in April. Please talk to your consultant today to find out more about this awesome company! ) I used daubers and ink to colour up my cutouts and ink the edges of the papers. I decided I needed a bit of an outside border so I trimmed 1/4 inch off two sides of each page and mounted the whole onto Juniper cardstock at opposite corners.


Once I had the basic page layout and the photos all attached I then went to town stamp a heap of balloon talk titles on scrap white card stock. (Yes I hoard my scraps) I did various colours and more than I needed.


I fussy cut them all out. Some of the set you can do cricut cuts for, but for this I wanted the other titles and they are simple to cut out. Then I played dressups. I do this a lot. I try different embellishments in different places and swap things around until I am happy. I am worried there is too much on the left hand page but justify it by saying balloon talk is my journalling!
Balloon Talk Stamp of the month is only available until April 30th from your my online store or your local CTMH consultant. Remember it  $24 to buy but with orders over $75 AU it is just $5 and you can shop online from anywhere in AU. (Or NZ with a NZ Consultant) I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Patricia Manhire’s Creative Corner Blog and see what they have created with this fun stamp set. Thank you so much for visiting. I would love it if you would leave a comment.

Have a good one