National Scrapbook Month – Taste of Summer (International)

Welcome to a Taste of Summer Blog Hop!


There are 37 international contributors in this hop. I hope you have lots if fun and are inspired by the artwork being shared. If you have arrived here from Lauren Moore you are in the right place. If you loose your place along the way you can head to the complete list of hoppers here at Melinda Everitt’s Blog 

Given how cold it is getting here we just might be wishing it was summer  but we have lots of cosy opportunities to put the vibrant and fresh colour of this palette to our summertime photos. For more inspitation simply follow along on the blog hop. For even more follow the #ctmhtos tag on twitter and Instagram. This paper pack is pretty awesome and can be collected from your consultant today for just $12.95. No order minimums, no constraints! Woohooo!!!


I hope you are a little inspired by this layout!

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Almost 12 months ago (I seriously cannot believe it was that long ago) I was enjoying my second Tatse of Summer for the year on the oasis of Cancun. I knew the fresh and vibrant colours of this paper packet would be just right fro a couple of photos from my Booze Cruise Tequila party. Here is what I came up with using scraps of the Taste of Summer packet after doing 5 layouts and some cards following guides provided by CTMH! (Ask your consultant about the patterns for the layouts in the promotional material.) My point here is not only is this packet colourful, it goes a long way!

I have stamped the oranges and limes using pigment inks.

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From here the two colours need to blend. Light over dark may mean your light ink will pick up the darker colour and vice versa. Take care if you do not wish to have colours mixing on your little ink pads.

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I find these the best to get a nice blend of colours. Take care as you do this as cross contamination will occur – if you do not want your creme Brulee to turn green use a dauber to do this. I pat 2-3 colours onto the stamp. I stamped the image onto scrap white and then fussy cut. I always make more than I need as when I come to arrange them I prefer to have too much rather than not enough. I have used a variety of pigment inks to complete the fruit on the layout.

20150506_073334I stamped the glass with whisper and coloured it and the bottle with buttercup ink using secondary stamping. I used a heavy layer of liquid glass on each item to get a good rounded glassy look. If you are lucky you will also get a bubble in the right place.  I did these on spare cardstock and cut them out when they were perfectly dry. Liquid glass is good to cut!


Taste of Summer paper packs and the Coordinating stamp set are only available while we celebrate National Scrapbook Month. Be sure to contact your consultant today to find out what she has planed for NSM and order your paper and stamp.

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CTMH have also brought us a special stamp to coordinate with this paper packet. It is available this month only for $27. Don’t Miss out!

NSM stamp set

For your next step in the hop please hop along and see what Darlys has for you has in store for you.
Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment before you move on!

Shopping list
The following CTMH products have been used in this layout.
Z2500 Whimsy Exclusive Pigment inks set
Z2501 Adventure Exclusive Pigment inks set
B1478 Ice-Cold Summer Occassions
D1647 Documenting Moments
White Daisy Card stock
3D Foam Tape
Liquid Glass
The following items will appear automatically with any purchase from the online store
CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper packet
CC1039 TOS Stamp set
I also used the alpha set from a previous campaign NLA.

Australasian Operation Smile Blog Hop You’re The Bomb

You’re The Bomb!

Operation Smile is a private,  not for profit organisation providing reconstructive surgery to children and young adults born in developing countries. On 1st December Close to My Heart Consultants released our Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. On the back page of this Idea book you will find the C- sized, You’re the bomb stamp set. By purchasing this set at full retail price  of $21 you can help change the life of a child as CTMH will donate $US3 from your purchase to Operation smile.  Since 2008, Close To My Heart has provided support to change the lives of over 1,500 children and their families.

Today we will be sharing some inspiration using “You’re the Bomb”. We hope you will be compelled to purchase this set and in so doing, contribute to the life changing work of operation smile. The blog hop is a loop with about 10 participants so follow along and you will end up right back here.  If you get lost there is a list of participants on Mandy’s Blog here.  

if you have arrived from  Shaunna’s Blog, Passionate About Pages you are in the right place!

Here is my project: – He really is the Bomb!

Double Page Layout using Pathfinding papers and Your The Bomb Stamp Set

Double Page Layout using Pathfinding papers and Your The Bomb Stamp Set

and here is the Stamp Set

If you would like further information and photos on my project and Operation Smile please continue reading,

Otherwise, pop over and see what Tracey at Tracey’s Blog   created. Remember to speak to your consultant about how you too can support Operation Smile. Enjoy your journey!

At Convention USA I started to come to an understanding of the importance of Operation Smile to Close To My Heart. However, I was deeply moved at the Australasian Convention when Brian Holman gave us a presentation of his trip as a volunteer helping the team doing the work.  He had the task of looking after the children during the fasting before the operation and was able to share his story with such heart every consultant in that convention room was moved by the story. This presentation has not only informed me about Operation Smile, it has cemented it into my very core as an essential aspect of being part of the Close To My Heart Family.

As consultants we take pride in doing something we believe is really really important.

 We show you how to celebrate relationships through discovering your creativity, to preserve and share the moments that matter most.  

These moments usually involve precious smiles that we take for granted. I have been so moved by the Operation Smile foundation and the work they do, as well as the role Close To My Heart leadership has taken in the organisation I now raise funds for Opration Smile with a monthly raffle at the Mildura crop to donate to this worthy cause. I am also no longer afraid to ask a customer if they would like to round up for Operation Smile.  I invite you to get on board with this worthy cause and include this stamp set with your next order along with a ’round up’ so Close To My Heart can provide even more smiles!

So let’s take a closer look at that art work shall we? Yes, my Grandson is all smiles…smiles of different kinds in each of these snaps from day care.


Double Page Layout using Pathfinding paper collection and You’re The Bomb Stamp Set


Close up of the Left Hand page shows all the lovely hand written labels that would enhance any scrapbook page. Just recently CTMH has shared a lovely tip for cutting shapes like a circle from your photos with your Cricut on their facebook page. Be sure to check them out!


I cut the title William with the Cricut – so easy! I have used the Paper Fundamentals for this and they cut really well!


Thanks for joining me on this journey, the “You’re the Bomb” stamp set is available from your CTMH consultant and $3USD from every purchase will go directly to Operation Smile. This stamp set is only available until March 31. You can also choose to make a donation of any size directly to your consultant, donations over $2 are tax deductable.
To continue your journey, hop over to see what Tracey at Tracey’s Blog


Anzac Day Feature

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

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

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

Australian Salutations,  Australian Thanks, Outback Adventure,

Hoppy BirthdayNew Zealand Greetings and  Aussie Praises.

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

Anzac Day Layout

Double page layout featuring the Stamp Set Aussie Praises.

Double page layout featuring the Stamp Set Aussie Praises.

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

The following CTMH products have been used in this project.

Aussie PraisesD1598

Love This  B1432

Paper Fundamentals Basics AssortmentZ1939

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

Metallics Markers Z1768

Distressing Inks Z1296 Chocolate

Cardstock Cashmere, Ruby, Topiary

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

Enchantment pigment inks collection (ruby) Z2502

Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors Z1836

Marvy® Uchida® Lepen™ Z1979

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

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