Oh yes…shackles are loose – I am back!

I have to fess up – I have missed writing these blog posts!!!

I really just could not keep up with all I had on my plate these past two months but I am looking forward to getting right back into stamps of the month, project posts, the all new Seasonal Expressions II and loads loads more! I have had to rethink my approach to a few things and will hopefully cope better with the other job in the future. In the last two weeks I have had such awesome contact and support from CTMH sisters I really do feel in a happy place when I am with them. We really did feel special at the team builders event.







If you have been following along with me on Facebook or Instagram you will have seen how we celebrated. Close To My Heart went out of their way to make sure we felt valued and special. #ilovesctmh Monica Rocked with us, teaching us how to not be afraid to hashtag and take selfies! You can see us all having some fun if you jump onto your favourite platform and search #ctmhteambuildersau  We also got to be informed and inspired, learned all about the value of popcorn, and of course we played with NEW product!








April is going to be such an exciting month. Not only is it Easter and school holidays for us, we have the all new Seasonal Expressions II, we have National Scrapbooking Month in May, and some fabulous deals, stamps of the month and more. Only a few short evenings ago we hosted a very special launch of our new products in Mildura and I am pleased to share this photo with you. Our numbers continue to grow at these events and we continue to learn from the experiences so next time we can do it all better. What I loved about this event is to be in a room full of people who really do believe our pictures are worth preserving, a hand made card is worth making and even better, what we do is therapeutic for us!





Everyone had a lovely time and two more awesome people have the Creative Hearts Team in the CTMH fanily since this event. I can’t wait to see them with their lovely new shoulder totes! If you would like to know more about joining in on the fun. laughter and camaraderie as well as getting yourself well on your way to owning and running a crafty business of your own let me know. You can also find out more right here.

We have an awesome shopping announcement starting tomorrow with our GRAB BAGS – you need to head to this site in the morning to find out more! Make sure you have created your online account at my online store at the creativeheart.ctmh.com.au  and follow us along in social media to find out what is in a grab bag for you! I do hope you get some awesome goodies. Remember to have your order included in a host rewards order! The more online orders there are the more opportunities to gain the Host rewards there will be. Of course if you would like to have a real gathering with a few of your friends over I am looking for you and I will drive to nearby towns within reason.  You deserve some special treats and I would love to help you and your friends make something special in time for Mother’s day! Contact me to find out about what is on offer for a free home class for you!

Be sure if you have Facebook that you follow me. I hope you have also spotted and followed Sticky Boy – if you are not sure just use hashtag #whereintheworldisstickyboy He is naughty and entertaining!  I am also on Pinterest and if you would like to be kept up to date subscribe so I get into your inbox!

Looking forward to a fabulous April with you – and my happy happy return to my blog. I have missed it. I hope you are happy to have me back!





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

Picture yourself!

  • Picture yourself having loads of FUN with like minded creative people.
  • Picture yourself growing confidence in your creative talents.
  • Picture yourself in a room with dozens of other inky fingers.
  • Picture yourself with a funky machine doing all that fancy cutting for you.
  • Picture yourself with growing self confidence.
  • Picture yourself with new Friends.
  • Picture yourself with access to hundred of free and discounted products giving you an affordable hobby.
  • Picture yourself nurtured and supported.
  • Picture yourself in a position to grow
  • Picture yourself opening a box of creative goodies valued at $300 that only cost $99!

If you would like to turn this picture into reality then the Close To My Heart family is for you!

Picture this funky brand new scrapbooking product being yours when you join my team!

Picture this funky brand new scrapbooking product being yours when you join my team!

Join in the fun with us and reap the benefits! 

Since joining Close To My Heart I have blossomed! My creative buttons have all been turned on, my confidence us up and my team is growing. I have gone from a struggling direct selling consultant to a successful team leader in a short few months of the change over to this company. CTMH is NEW for us in Australia but the company is very solid with a sound 30 year reputation in the USA and they have it right! I have made some awesome new friendships, I have been fully acknowledged for successes, had some awesome events, and I save a LOT of money doing what I love – scrapbooking and crafting and teaching other how to do it too. EVERYONE is welcome is the company motto and I just love how welcoming that feels. I have team members brand new to scrapbooking, as well as those with loads of experience in paper craft who constantly inspire me. The support and training from CTMH is not just applicable to running a business – it is also applicable to every day life.

Here is what Founding Director Diane Lampert has had to say about Becoming part of the Close To My Heart opportunity

“After 15 years with Creative Memories in Australia, I wondered what my future held when the company ceased operations. Uncertainty turned to certainty—the BEST THING EVER—a new business opportunity with Close To My Heart!

The results are astounding: my Team business is larger than it was previously and my Team is thriving; attendance at events is at an all-time high; new Consultants are engaged and enthusiastic, and everyone is happy working with the expansive Close To My Heart product line and this wonderful company. It’s so exciting to be involved in this fresh start!

Company founder Jeanette Lynton has built this debt-free company over the past 30 years and she has a vision for the next 30 years that every single member of the corporate team embraces and executes every day. Instead of being worried about the direction of my future, I am proud to represent Close To My Heart products and the brand that has been passionately built for many years.

I encourage anyone thinking about making a switch to consider Close To My Heart. I am thankful to have a solid, fun, welcoming new home that values memory keeping as much as I do!”  —  Diane Lampert, Senior Executive Director

You can read more testimonials here.

The bottom line for me is this: I have rediscovered my happy place with Close To My Heart and have total faith that I will be part of this family for many years to come. It would be awesome to share that joy with you and NOW is an especially good time for you to do that. 

Everyone who joins Close To My Heart between now and December 15th will have the opportunity to get this brand new product FREE as soon as it is launched! Isn’t it awesome!

A sneak peek at 6 of the 8 designs coming with this brand new exciting product - your free after joining and qualifying with CTMH

A sneak peek at 6 of the 8 designs coming with this brand new exciting product – your free after joining and qualifying with CTMH

This program provides you with the ease of scrapbooking life’s moments as they happen. With adorable pre-designed cards featuring unique sentiments, icons, and journaling space, all you have to add is your own photo collection! The several themes can be mixed and matched for more versatility. The prompts on several of the cards will help you creatively journal, and the various assortments of Memory Protectors™ will make your finished products truly unique.

Now I did mention a Funky Machine to do all the cutting for you. Here in Australia Close To My Heart consultants have exclusive access to ArtDeco Creations, the official importers of the Cricut Machine which we all need to make the most of the fantastic Cricut cartridges by Close To My Heart. Not only do these cartridges carry 700 images, Close To My Heart regularly posts inspirational ideas and how to’s to support our use of these cartridges! Picture this one as a Christmas gift – from your special other or yourself to YOU! You deserve it don’t you?

The Cricut Exppression II Contact me today to find out more about how you can get one of these essential crafting machines.

The Cricut Exppression II Contact me today to find out more about how you can get one of these essential crafting machines.

Why YOU?

Whether you are an experienced crafter, a total newbie, a seasoned network seller or just for me hobbyist you will be very welcome with Close To My Heart!

You will have compensation and incentives

  • 22% base comission and up to 35% comission
  • Access to training, team events, webinars, conventions and retreats. Training includes hands on creating!
  • A huge diversity of products! 100’s of them!! If you have looked at our Product Launch Guide you may feel just a tad excited about the range and variety….wait till Feb 1st when we have the FULL range here in Australia!
  • If you join now you will have access to this full range in January!
  • All the passion and support from CTMH for memory keeping and memory making with top selling scrapbooking products

Picture yourself making the switch! 

If you have been a consultant for another company, scrapbooking or any other direct selling for that matter, take a look at this

Can you feel the warmth and hear the excitement of Christine? That is what Close To My Heart is all about! I would love to have you join my team! Near or far, as long as you are in Australia I can help you to get started!

Picture yourself as part of a team of wonderful remote from the city consultants who network and support each other. Come and join my team!

*Your Invitation*

For those of you within Cooee of Mildura I extend to you an invitation to attend one or two events within the next week.

  • Sunday Nov 24th we have a play day at the Mildura Masonic Centre. You are welcome to attend for FREE if you mention this post. I will give you the details when you book in.
  • Monday Nov 25th Come along and meet team members and learn more about Close To My Heart. This is another free one for you – just let me know you intend to come. I have challenged myself to run out of chairs! (Have you ever counted how many chairs you have in your home?)

For those of you too far away or unable to come give me a holler via the form below and I will meet with you at another time for coffee or contact you by phone. There is absolutely no need for you to miss out on one of the boxes I have here ready and waiting for you!

Here are some important links for you

The kit

Joining offer information

The Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program

Use the form below and I will send you more details such as the full compensation plan and the T and C’s.


The Country Road Show – Part1

This is a totally unabashed plug for a fabulous event coming to Mildura. It is the 


Close To My Heart Country Road Show!


We country folk live over 4 hours drive from the nearest capital city (Adelaide) and even more the capital of our own state (Melbourne). Often feel we miss out simply because there are awesome things going on in the cities that we just cannot get to. We may not have the time, the fuel money or family needs may come first, preventing us from attending some wonderful events. This is true of  many major events, but for the scrapbookers, stampers and cardmakers in Sunraysia it is particularly so as we rarely get the opportunity to go to workshop with well known and respected representatives of a company. So


The Sunraysia consultants from Jen’s Creative Hearts Team are very pleased to be hosting Close To My Heart Sr Executive Director Diane Lampert in town on Monday 21st October for a make and take fest!

Consultants Amy Langford, Myself and Diane Lampert at Creative Kickoff in Melbourne. We look forward to Diane Joining us in Mildura for a fabulous creative play session.

Consultants Amy Langford, myself and Diane Lampert at Creative Kickoff in Melbourne. We look forward to Diane joining us in Mildura for a fabulous creative play session.

I have absolutely no idea what she has in store for us but that doesn’t matter – I know it will be good because of all the noise and back chatter about how awesome events have been around other major centres! Everyone who has been to one of these events has great things to say about the product, the projects and the awesome business opportunity that is provided by Close To My Heart here in Australia.

There will be two sessions available for attendees, one at 2 pm and one at 7 pm. The session is $10 and attendees will go home with three make and take projects. In between sessions the venue, Sunraysia Masonic Centre, is available for those who wish to give themselves some ‘me’ time, or ‘play time’ to bring along their current projects and get some of them completed. Dig in for the day along with the consultant in attendance and get some projects done.

If you are from the Sunraysia and mallee region and are excited can you let me know? Pop in a comment below. I would love to have some feedback!

For more details and information complete the form below or jump on over to my Facebook Event page and book your ticket!  I would love to have you come along and join us on this awesome day!

Part 2 of this post will of course be…the report – with lots of photos!

You are special! Have a gathering and find out how special!

Have you ever balked at the idea of hosting a direct selling anything? Be honest….I have! Especially when most of the products are priced upward of $50. It is out of the reach of most people I know to buy up big and even harder if you are the consultant trying to help the host get her rewards when they need 2 bookings to qualify, As the host you fear there may not be any friends kind enough to support you to achieve your $350 plus 2 host bookings in order to gain anything from making the effort to invite people, make supper and try and have a fun time.

Close to My Heart IS DIFFERENT. You are special. We want you to feel special and successful! They make us as consultants feel special too. Your host rewards begin with sales of $200 allowing you $30 to spend. The next step is $50 to spend plus a half price item for just a $300 total in sales. It goes up from there and you can see just how much you can be rewarded by looking at the Host reward guide on page 2 of the product launch guide . When you do look, you will notice the dreaded number of bookings is not there ! No need to con a friend into hosting a party they do not really want! You can succeed without extracting a promise from a friend to book forward for you!

The other thing you will notice is how generous the rewards become as sales go up! You are treated with great generosity for gathering with CTMH!

You are also a person of privilege when you host a CTMH gathering. You have access to exclusive stamp sets, which is perfect if you paper craft, scrapbook or make cards. You can see the full range on the 3rd and 4th pages of the product launch guide – and please note the pricing. Imagine getting these for half their usual price with your host reward money! It certainly does make your reward dollars go further!

My favourite is Washi Wonder. I do not need hundreds of rolls of washi tape – I can stamp a large number of tape designs in 40 different colours and even more with specific stamping techniques!

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Washi Wonder – my favourite of the host rewards!

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And there is more! As a gathering host you have the choice about what sort of gathering will suit you and your friends. I can accommodate you with a hands on scrapbook page, a card, or another project. Your friends won’t be sitting around listening to the consultant talk endlessly about the benfits, features and prices of a product and walk the catalogue – we get engaged and interact with the products. Hands On! We play with the products, explore the possibilities and have fun along the way!

If you prefer not to have anyone over, but wish to have a virtual or catalogue gathering and collect orders you can do this too! We have an EZ invite system that lets you take charge electronically inviting people to shop for your event! And the rewards are the same!

How easy it is to be rewarded and gain those favourite items at half price. I am betting every one of you who own a Cricut Cutting machine would be wanting to get that Cricut collection with your 50% off item credit!

One final note about the advantages of being a host – if you become a consultant – you get ALL THESE ADVANTAGES and you also get the consultant price on all the goodies you order! If you do not yet have a Cricut you can also get that at a very special low price too! That my friends makes being a consultant AWESOME for crafters like me.

I was hopeful CTMH would be a great company for us when we lost what was. I am stunned at how generous this company is with both Hosts and Consultants and invite you to contact me now to get your gathering orgainsed or your consultant kit ordered!



The Display Tray is Awesome

I am thoroughly enjoying my Close To My Heart products and I earned the Designed Decor Display Tray with host credits while ordering. I have been waiting for just the right time to play and make it up and finally have done so. I would love to know what you think!

There are so many possibilities if we take the concept of popping a photo on top, and others way down in the 4 x 3 inch trays. I have seen some lovely designs by other consultants and the same idea is used. Use 3D tape to add dimension, position a ‘hero’ photo across sections of the tray. Many samples also have banners – i decided mine was busy enough without them.

I will do my best to describe how I achieved this finished product!

Disply Tray featuring Ever After WOTG, Glitter Paper and Host Only stamp set 'The Party Is On'.

Disply Tray featuring Ever After WOTG, Glitter Paper and Host Only stamp set ‘The Party Is On’.

I first selected some photos from the hundreds i have from this Big Bash. Then trimmed them to fit the 2.5 x 3.5 so they would fit in the spaces, all bar the primary photo which I trimmed to 4×4, and one photo is 4×4 with the fourth inch in the next tray. (the center photo). I then sorted out background papers and cut 3×4 mats from an assortment of my leftovers, focussing on the black and white print. I chose the Dark grey from the Black and grey Glitter paper and used the Artiste Cricut cartridge to cut the shapes of the 50, the scallop frame for the main photo and the base for the roses. I also cut some 3×4 mats in the same paper, including one inside the scallop frame to save paper. To get the frame the right size I simply created a 4×4 square in cricut craft room, positioned it over the scallop and enlarged to scallop frame until i was satisfied the photo would fit nicely.

Noe it was time to stamp. I could not quite decide what to use so i stamped all three of the titles from the ‘The Party Is On’ (exclusive and available only to gathering hosts) on white card stock. I used the daubers to colour the edges off and then played with the layout now I had my pieces. I had already cut and made the black rose and the purple leaf and they were sitting in my little collection of embellishments.

Here are some close ups of these elements.

Shapes made using glitter paper and the Art Philosophy  Cartridge,

Shapes made using glitter paper and the Art Philosophy Cartridge,

I loved this stamp set and since I had had a BIG BASH I had to take advantage of the host rewards program and get it.

I loved this stamp set and since I had had a BIG BASH I had to take advantage of the host rewards program and get it.

I also added a little black shimmer trim and some of the lovely bling from CTMH to finish it off. If I had the red shimmer trim i could have been tempted to put that where the black is – maybe i will when it arrives. I am very pleased with how it came together. There are some essential adhesives at work here. Glue dots have been used to put each piece in place as they are removable so if fancy takes me to change the display I can. I used 3d foam tape, Double up in places so there are very few flat sections – this piece is all about dynamic dimension, just as the party was!

If you would like to make a tray just like this one the one thing you will need to do is host a gathering to get hold of the ‘The Party is On’ stamp set. That bit is easy – we can do one online if I do not live anywhere near you! Just drop me an email or comment below and I will get in touch. The other items you can shop for online right now and go ahead and choose other stamps to compliment your project.

Shopping list:

Workshops on the go – For Always scrapbooking kit G1055 (Or grab the paper pack and the ever always assortment)

Designed Decor display try Z1750

3D foam tape Z1151 and Memory Book Glue Dots 1772

Cricut Collection – Art Philosophy Z1686

Glitter Paper black-Grey assortment Z1829

Exclusive Inks Black Z2105

Black Shimmer trim  and assorted gems

Host Only exclusive Stamp Set The Party Is On – viewable page 4 of the Product Launch Guide

How awesome would it be to get some of this free, and some half price? Did you know if you were to shop for just some of these products and your order reaches 475 you also qualify for Stamp of the month? More bonus! 

Host a gathering and you will be able to aim to achieve all these goodies! Imagine 50% off your cricut Art Philosophy Collection 🙂 We can organise an online or an in person gathering to suit whatever your passion is. Drop me a line nenifofer@gmail.com and i will contact you as soon as possible.

While I am talking savings, have you given thought to being a CTMH Consultant yourself? Be your own host, share your shop online with your friends and reap the rewards of 22% discount AND all the hosting rewards on your orders. Email me now to find out more or visit my site to learn more about it. nenifoofer@gmail.com.au

One final thing – if you would like to see this project up close and personal take a look at my events calendar at facebook and come join in a Play Day in my area! Click on the events link. I would love to have you come along!

Cheers Jen


Just FOUR more days!

Four, Yes just 4 more sleeps until I head to Melbourne for Creative Kickoff – the launch of our brand new to Australia Close To My Heart company. I am going to be among over 500 super excited new consultants spending time both training and creating for two and a half days!

And there are JUST Four more days left for YOU to grab the best joining offer around for anyone who does scrapbooking, stamping, and other crafts – even if you are a total newbie!

Did you know your kit also includes your own online store just like Jen’s Creative Classroom? You pick your store  name! You and your friends, family and customers can place orders any time! You are also not obliged to ‘do parties’ to contribute to your holiday fund, increase the size of your personal stash or rise up in leadership! We have so many options for those of us holding consultant accounts I would love to show you how it could all work for you!

I am one of those who does want to build a team consultants having fun with Close To My Heart. I am actively seeking passionate people to build a fun, powerful and profitable business! Remember  our current $99 Kit is available until the 15th of August is  filled 100% with over $300 product! 

AND, (no it isn’t steak knives!) Australian CTMH Consultants are now able to be part of an exclusive offer for Cricut Machines with extra bonus products and Australian warranty included!

Check out this little machine making a lace doily for me today!


I enjoyed making this little card with my Cricut Aet Philosophy cartridge,

I enjoyed making this little card with my Cricut Aet Philosophy cartridge,

Reward yourself and come and join our new community! If you love photos, scrapbooking, stamping and craft we have something for you!

 The great business in a box!????????

What will the kit be after August 15?

I cannot answer that other than to say it will switch from the current 100% product to some product being removed to make way for business supplies. If you want the best value for money with Close To My Heart these next four days are your last chance to get the 100% product kit! Just head to my website, click ‘Opportunities’ and select be a consultant. In the second box click Australia as your country and complete the form. (Just press continue if you are not an ex CM Consultant) In a very short time you will receive an email with confirmation of your order and a link to go ahead and set up your online business address!

I am stoked!

Close To My Heart has turned out to be much more than I ever imagined! My $99 kit has provided me with enough product and support to make pages, sharing product over three workshops, have a website online to gather orders anywhere anytime in Australia AND easily invite people to events through EZ invite! In less than a month my business has doubled, and I have been able to order product for myself to enjoy. My lost and dulled innate creativity has come alive – and so will yours – you even get loads of easy access online training and printed guides! This really is an easy to manage business in a box and I love it!