Confetti Wishes Exploding Card with a cupcake!

A great big Happy Birthday to CTMH as we celebrate #30yearsofhappy stamping and enjoy the FREE stamp set with 30 mini stamps! This month I am also featuring all things Birthday at my Monthly crop and the best paper collection for this lind of celebration is Confetti Wishes.

Birthday Explosión box

Birthday Explosión box

I have created this exploding box card for display and inspiration at my upcoming workshop on September 21st. (If you are local be sure to book now!). This piece showcases what we can achieve with Confetti Wishes X7189B paper, the Artiste Cricut cartridge and our awesome Pink glitter paper Z1792!

If you have not tried the glitter paper out yet then I suggest you do. It doesn’t flake and cuts clean on the cricut with blade set to 6 and doing a double cut as I did for the title here. Slow it down for intricate designs, and lift carefully from your mat. If it is really a really sticky mat you will need the spatula.



There are a lot of tutorials on exploding box cards so I will not detail that here. For the cupcake I cut a cupcale holder from artiste at 4 inches. I guestimated the size I needed and it worked out just right. I stamped and embellished this before folding it with ‘Gliitter girl’ from Glitter Glam B1465 and the foliage from ‘Love This’.B1432. I sat a 3 inch styrofoam ball in the cupcake holder and covered that with double sided tape and removed the covering from the tape leaving sticky side ready for use.

Time to decorate the cup Cake!

Thoroughly wet 3 1/2inch pieces of Thistle card stock and scrunch each one up. Gently unfold these and lay them on the open double sided tape on the top of the Cup Cake. It won’t stick while it is wet – just position it , prod it, move it till you are happy with the look. (Dressmakers pins will hold it if need be) Here is the trick….Allow to dry overnight. By then it will be stuck and nice and firm again for you to play with.


Add a touch of Bonding Memories glue 1512 around the top of the cupcake rim and over the iced top. Sprinkle with glitter. (My messy mat  – All purpose Mat Z2045 helps make this job much easier to clean up!) Add something on top, some Bitty Sparkles Z1263 and you are done. I have adhered the cup cake to the card by stacking 4 layers of 3D foam tape Z1151 in the centre of the card so the stack reaches the bottom of the styrofoam ball. On the lid of the box I have used sponge daubers and more glitter to finish it off. 

Glitter Paper Tip

I have found the stickers are not staying put on the glitter paper. The answer to that problem is liquid glass.!!! Our answer to anything that needs to be Stuck! 3D Foam tape also works well on this surface. 

Shopping list – Note – this shoping list entitles you to add – Free #30yearsofhappy stamp and Stamp of the month Family is Forever! – That is and additional $48 worth of stamping fun for just $5!

You might also need these inks – Thistle, Canary and Pacifica.

Additional Supplies – available as 50% off host reward items

Thank you for stopping by. I would love to have some feed back in a comment before you go! I hope you are inspired by this project. If you are local to Mildura and would learn to make one of these in a class setting please let me know in your comment below. Don’t forget our workshop is coming up. Here is a sneak peek.


You can order all you need online right here. Be sure to join my September Virtual Gathering to be in the draw for the Host rewards. Happy Stamping Month! 


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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 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

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.



Hip pics albums make an awesome gift!

Do you like to brag? I am a bragging Nana and now I have this awesome little handbag size album to go bragging with!

This is the awesome little hip pics album. The project features my Grandson on his first birthday at his cake smash photo shoot.

This is the awesome little hip pics album. The project features my Grandson on his first birthday at his cake smash photo shoot.

For those of you looking for the perfect Christmas gift here is an idea that will suit your budget, your time, and a number of different people on your list. The Hip Pics Album kit is now available to CTMH Australia for just $18 and can be done quickly and easily in under two hours. I did this one for myself, but can see it would easily make a fabulous gift for a loved one in a number of ways. A Hip Pics Album is a fast, easy, cost effective project for you to make for someone special- and we all know how much people love gifts with photos and memories in them – or you can purchase a kit for your best friend or mum who are crafters themselves. If you want just that Hip Pic album and use your stash to decorate it that is possible too as they can be ordered on their own for $12 each.

Assuming the photos are already picked out and printed in under an hour you could have this done – a little more if you like to decorate more.

Check out these pages

hip pics album pages mini pocket 3

There are 8 white pocket pages  in the book therefore room for 16 photos. All you need to do is trim photos to suit the 4×4 window and mount them on a piece of cardstock 4 1/4 x 6 and slide it into the sleeve. Put one photo each side of the card. Then decorate and journal. in the ample space below and around the borders.

The kit comes with 5 sheets of petite die cuts in kraft, navy blue, pink, aqua and yellow and are just the right mini size for these 4×4 photo windows. The kit also comes with a coordinating stamp set so you can decorate those die cut embellishments with your ink. Add more decoration with sentiments and icons from other stampsets in your stash (if you are like me and need to decorate a little more!) By the end of the project you will still have loads of those die cuts ready to pop into another Hip Pics album. If you would like to make one but do not have ‘all the gear’ let me know and we’ll get you booked into a class to get one done.

Isn’t this just darling?

awesome pages done fast makes good sense for a great gift!

awesome pages done fast makes good sense for a great gift!

Items used to create this project are all available online now at my Jen’s Creative Classroom Close To My Heart online shop. If you join in on this months Monthly Virtual Gathering you may end up being the winning host and earn some great rewards. Click the link here an select join the November Virtual Gathering to do your shopping. You can simply enter the codes listed below or jump straight to the Holidays from the Heart guide to fin the Hip Pics Album and more. Don’t forget, you can get Stamp of the Month Illuminate for just $5 with a $75 purchase, and a free starred item from Holidays from the Heart with every $130 purchase!

Items Used in the Hip Pics Album

Hip Pics Album Kit Z1915

Exclusive inks – slate Z2173. Outdoor Denim Z2140, Indian Corn Blue Z2130, Cranberry, Z2116

Stampsets from Artiste cricut collection Z1790 and Artbooking collection  Z1906

Bakers twine neutral assortment Z1701

Cranberry 1272 and Slate X5930 Card Stock 

Adhesives – Tombow adhesive 1514   Memory Book glue dots 1772   3D Foam Tape Z1151

Find your happy in getting scrappy