Cyber Monday Special!

Cyber Monday is pretty new to me – but very popular and anticipated by online shoppers – so here we go.  CTMH have something for you on Cyber Monday!!

NB Aussie Readers Only!

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Have you been wanting to purchase one of our four amazing Cricut collections?  Have you been dropping big hints to your family that such a collection would look good under your tree? Nudge Nudge Wink Wink 🙂  Need help with the hints? How about a 20% discount all through Monday December 1 Cyber Monday?

CTMH is participating in #cybermonday for the first time ever with 20% off all of the Cricut Collections. Choose from Art Philosophy, Artiste, Artbooking or the recently released Artfully Sent. Share a link – below – to the collection of your choice with your selected loved one (who has ultimate command of your wishlist)  by clicking an image below. This will take you right to my store to pop it into your cart.

Would you like more?…OK!

Anyone ordering their Cricut Collection online will be in the draw for host rewards! Min $30 to spend, but it could be a lot more!

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Add a lift to your scrapbooking with Artbooking




Fun dimensional possibilities with Artiste


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Art Philosophy contains many must have shapes and card bases. 700 images means super value in this cartridge!



Artfully Sent is loaded with many different types of cards and tons of fun elements you can use.

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Each collection comes with 3 exclusive stamps sets and more! Featuring Loads of images and card options these are must have cartridges for Cricut lovers. So head on over to my online store and get yours sent right to your door! Alternatively email me and I will handle the ordering for you.

Remember, here is the deal – 20% off Cricut collections, Cyber Monday, 0000 hours to 2400  Monday December 1 ONLY!

Enjoy your shoppping! If you woud like some help to decide which cartridge to get or what else to put in that parcel give me a call!



What a hoot! CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

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If you have arrived here from Mandy’s Blog, Hall of Indulgence, 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 have been having a hoot of a time with this month’s stamp of the month! This stamp is for ‘owloween’ but being a Dinky Di Aussie I do not relate much to this event in the calendar. However, I love what we can do if we explore a little outside the box with this stamp set and am very excited to use this in my teaching this month!  I have created a journal page in my Bluebird My Crush Book. Z1856 with the results. I would like to share with you my project….soon…which features August Stamp of the Month What a Hoot! S1408  available exclusively throughout August for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

Take a really good look at the shapes and designs and ignore halloween feel and you have the fun owl stamp, some really crazy eyes (and hats!)  that you can put on a set of funky glasses, use as flowers on stems or in groups of circular shapes to make flowers or random stamp a background! There is a stamp clearly intended to be a batwing….well not for me. A smaller batwing stamp also gets a different treatment. I had so much fun coming up with this after thinking about looking through ‘rose coloured glasses’ with the eyes, or thinking ‘outside the square’ with the shapes and designs I hope you enjoy what I have come up with – a ROSE!

Wise Owl Crush Book journal page

Wise Owl Crush Book journal page

This is one very wise owl indeed taking time to smell the rose! I also of course got to play with our awesome new Shin Han Touch Twin Markers and my Messy Mat! (all purpose Mat z2045 ) 

The owl,stamped in black on white cardstock,  is coloured by first layering in the base colour and then while wet (work fairly quickly) add some darker shade then cross the two together with the same colour as the base. I have also used the markers to draw stems, the grassy bottom and color the little stamped flowers. The eye glass piece on the owl was stamped separately and is hinged on with a brad so you can move the glasses on or off.



Another example

Another example

The Rose is the larger batwing stamp stamped with the new Thistle colour. I stamped a number of these on a 6×6 white  card. I fussy cut these and daubed the edges with thistle to darken them. I curled some using the Quilling  tool Z1795.


I then began layering them onto a white base. I put three rows of the new Duck Easy Stick Z3033 (love it) on scrap card and layered petals wing edge up! I added more adhesive if needed being careful not to adhere the top side of each piece. This was so I could roll more if I needed to.The smaller batwing, carefully placed back to back forms wings for a butterfly. I just drew in the body,


I wanted a little more shade between the rose petals so I used a technique I have seen on videos with the messy mat. Simply make an impression on the mat with your inkpad to get a small amount of ink on the mat. Put a drop of water in it. Pick it up both water and ink colour with a paint brush and brush it into the inside of the petals. Wipe the mat when you are done. (You could also go back in with a water colour pencil and soften with a wet brush…but I wanted to use my new messy mat:)


The leaf image was stamped in black. coloured with the green marker, then I used pear z2197  ink on a dauber to darken the edges after cutting them out. I cut some in half to make the ground for my pieced image.

The title, journal card and the eye glasses all come from cards in the awesome new For Always Picture My Life kit. Z2022 . I have used our lovely Marvey Uchida Lepen Z1979 to both journal and outline on my page. I use White Z2163 pigment ink to stamp ‘Wise’ using the new Hand Written Print E1030 alphabet stamp set and ‘owl’ comes from the stamp of the month. Yes, I did CUT the ‘owl’ word from ‘owloween’ for this purpose! I had heard of that being done but was never game to do it myself but I really wanted the font option for the chalkboard title. Remaining white on the title was achieved with the Chalk Marker pen. z1767

This journal page reflects how I have to look at things sometimes to stay sane. I hope you have some sense of the fun I had creating it. Try making flowers with the stamps on this set. You will enjoy the process if not the outcome!

August Stamp of the Month What a Hoot! S1408  is available exclusively throughout August for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75 from your consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Monika, A Sprinkle of Glitter to see her sparkle on What a Hoot. I would love for you to leave a comment before you head off!

Supplies used to create this page


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!


Everything ABC’s letter E is for Envelopes

abc bloghopWelcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter E. 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 (link: found on signup doc)

If you came from “Pam Trostle Pam’s Crafty Creations

Today I bring you a project which begins with Envelopes and their cards from the CTMH Bulk Colonial White card and envelope pack.

Jubilee envelope mini album

Jubilee envelope mini album

I have used 4 envelopes and cards to make this fun mini album. The idea springs from envelope mini albums posted by Kathy Orta on You Tube, but I have made this slightly differently. I trust you will find these directions adeqaute, but if not by all means head over and watch her video, especially if you have never made a mini album before. This mini album should fit 20 trimmed 6×4 photos – or the equivalent if trimming or using smaller photos. There are a number of pockets you can add more photo and journalling cards to too. I would expect, if you have a go at this, that yours will turn out differently from mine, making each and every mini album and individual work of art because of our choices in paper and embellishment. The best results for a beginner will come from using a coordinated collection.  If you wish to skip right to a video walk through click here.

All of my decoration has been done using the one paper pack, making it easy to ensure everything coordinates nicely. I chose Jubilee simply because it celebrates summer time and because some lucky person will get this as a gift! It would look just as nice with any of the paper packs. Envisage it with Ivy Lane, Ariana, Balloon ride – or use White daisy and try Lollydoodle. Have fun with the decoration using scraps, stamps, complements and assortments. Dig through your stash for pretty laces and florals if using Ivy Lane or Ariana for example. Whatever takes your fancy!

We are going to make this mini book in 2 sections. Each is the same – the second is simply a repeat of the first. If you want a bigger book – add another 2 envelopes and off you go.

Here are the steps.

  • Measure your envelope and your card. Write these down for reference. In this case we have envelopes 4 3/8 inches wide x 5 3/4 tall (sit them vertical at all times) Cards are 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 on each face.
  • Lay two envelopes vertically with flaps up together. Bond the two flaps of envelopes together.
Step 1  join 2 envelopes

Step 1 join 2 envelopes

  • Trim the closed edge on each side a smidge with a craft knife on the metal edge side of your ruler. This will form a pocket your cards will slide into. This is your foundation for everything else.
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The CTMH ruler is perfect for this task.

  • Now we need to make a center pocket. Our card is 4 1/4 wide. We need to add a half inch to each side so cut a  piece of Colonial white card stock at 5 1/4 inches wide. Trim to 10 inches long. Score 1/2 inch in down the length of both sides.  From one end score at 5 3/4 (the height of the envelopes) across the middle. The shorter portion will get folded up , with the short side to the front and form a pocket. You need to make a little dart in the sides where this fold will go – this will help folded flaps sit neatly and reduce bulk.
  • Fold the scored flaps in the side at the small section toward the cente. Flip it over and fold in the long flaps. Use your bone folder for a crisp edge. Turn it back over and secure the front fold(smaller) up onto the long side and secure the fleps. I used double sided tape for this right on the edges.
  • To complete the pocket we need a back. Cut a piece of colonial white card stock 4 3/8 wide x 5 3/4 high. Attach this to the back forming another pocket. Do not be afraid to cut a smidge more off it if needed. Now you should have 2 pockets. (one with no bottom – yet)
  • Attach this pocket section to the envelope flaps. Use secure adhesive such as double sided tape or wet glue such as bonding memories glue. (BMG)
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Now we begin to make the pocket that gets adhered to the envelope flaps

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Once you have made this pocket attach it to one side of the envelope flaps.

You can now begin decorating all of the page faces.

  • Now we need some of your print pieces cut at a smidge less than 4 3/8 inches  wide x 5 3/4 tall. Just nudge  1/16 to 1/8 of an inch less on your trimmer so they will sit just inside all of the colonial white bases.
  • Cover the left inside envelope taking care not to put any glue where we do not want it in the gap left by the flap. Run tape on the envelope edges top, left, bottom and centre. Use a fine line of bonding memories glue on the inside edge near the middle. Adhere your print paper. Repeat the same for the right side and do all four sides and across the middle of back of the pocket piece.
  • To decorate the pockets we need bits of paper to fit inside – especially the first so tags we put in don’t get caught on the paper when you pull them out. Make sure you cut  piece to fit a bit down into the pocket and cover the flaps. So a smidge less than before – Approx 4 1/8 wide and about 3 inches long for the cover of the top pocket. Measure your bottom piece. I used a scrap that didn’t quite reach the bottom but this isn’t a problem because it gets covered.

I apologise there is no photo of the next step but you will see it in the video.

  • The piece to finish the bottom was cut with the cricut. There are many borders you can use. I used the Cricut Craftroom board. Copied the border. Flippeit, Welded it, stretched it so the whole piece was 3 inches wide. I cit it at 11 inches because I needed two. One for this half and one set aside for the next.You can see this in the video.
  • Score this in the center. Score again left and right of the center by about 1/8th inch. (CTMH ruler grid has 8ths making this easy. Fold at the 1/8 score lines – the little gusset will allow for the widths of the papers here and fit snuggly, Adhere this at the side and bottom on the front to the pocket. Flip it over and adhere to the back. You now have a third pocket to tuck in tags and tickets!
  • Now you need a gusset. This is a 3 inch x 5 3/4 strip. Score at 7/8 and 1 1/8. This is the gusset – allowing room for bulking up your album with tags and photos without straining the spine. CTrim the top and bottom with a slight angle to reduce bulk in the top and bottom. Adhere one side of the gusset to the back of your mini book section being careful to be nice and straight.
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That is it – decorate inside, make tags and then go ahead and make a second one (or a third if you are game – the principles are the same)

  • Congratulations you have finished the first section of your book. Do the sam again with the second one.
  • Join the two books together by adhereing the gusset flap of the second to the back of the first half. You front gusset should still be loose.
  • The cards can now be inserted and decorated as you please. Sometimes I had a theme run over three spaces, other times each panel is diffrent. I also decorated inside cards as well as the flap that shows as a page.
  • Carry on decorating – filling the pockets and making tags. Stamp designs on, add some bling, some string and more.

Once you are ready to put the two (or more) pieces together strong bindings and covers need to be considered. I located great tape, a stiff piece of cardboard (Chipboard in USA language – in Aussie speak this is a timber that requires cutting with a saw!) and a bit of ribbon from my stash.

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  • Now we need to add a closure. In the original video series  the closure is done with chain. I prefer ribbon so that is what I have used. A good bit of BMG or even modge podge will enable you to wrap a length of ribbon right around from font to back. be sure to leave enough length to tie off.
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Use your stash for the closure

  • The cover is now needed. If you have good strong cardboard you can stick dome of this down and decorate with paper. This is a small book and not to weighty. I decided our cardstock would not be enough. I found stiff cardboard. Once this was on I added a strong tape hinge here. I inked Cranberry cardstock with Colonial white for the back cover and got a bit clever with the front (see below)   You can of course go bigger just like a book cover is bigger than its pages if you have the nice stiff cardboard (or chipboard as it is called in the USA) . I also put red on the front as my carefully selected piece is about to be fussy cut with the dovetail flags and ticket being mounted with foam tape. I needed red underneath. At first I tried it as one piece but the book didn’t open well. Two pieces were better.
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I have covered the tape on the spine with a piece of hemp – CTMH burlap ribbon would look just as good

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  • After adhering the cover cardstock and images it is time to decorate the outside – ribbons, bows, washi tape, lace, buttons and charms are all options you can use.
  • Here is a video flip through of my mini book made with Envelopes. It isnt brilliant but will supplement the above instructions.

I hope the video has filled the gaps and if not, I strongly suggest watching some videos on making envelope mini albums. They look fabulous and make a great gift and I really like the size of our CTMH envelopes!

Leave me a link in a comment so I can come and give you some kudos!

Supply List

You will need

  • 4 cards and envelopes and 2 sheets of colonial white card stock.
  • Your selected paper pack (in this case Jubilee) and embellishments
  • Bonding memories glue (BMG)
  • double sided tape if you have it – it really sticks
  • Trimmer, ruler, bone folder, microtip scissors, a craft knife  and versamat.

Close To My Heart Supply List – All Items are available to order online at my store.  Once you are done shopping it will be shipped right to your door.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is ” Anita at Cards and Coffee

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

1. Linda Norman – Scrappy Therapy

2. Joy McHargue –  Studiowow

3. Catherine Nowak ~ Catscrapbooking  

4. Pam Trostle – Pam’s Crafty Creations

5. Jenny Gilbert – Jen’s Creative Classroom  You are here! 

6. Anita Autore- Cards and Coffee 

7. Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings

8. Michelle Battitori

9. Sharon Chapman-Sharon’s PaperFiesta

10. Cary Magnani – My Heart’s Design

11. Stephanie Feist-The Quilted Scrapper

13. Shalana Glass – Scrappin with Shalana


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

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!