May SOTM Just Sayin S1505 (International)

Yay -I am so very excited to be back in the blog seat! I am even more excited to be blogging in such great company along with 67 other consultants from all over the world!  I am a scrapbooker more than a card maker so I am super excited about the May Just Sayin S1505 set and know it will go well with all our planned National Scrapbook Month pages too. If you have arrived here from Michelle Battitori’s blog you are in the right place. For a full list of participants you can head to Melinda’s Blog.


I am sharing with you today my interpretation of the page presented in the Annual Inspirations that features this stamp set. I have added the left hand side page to it. Go ahead, take a look at page 21 for yourself.

1505-sotm-layoutYou can see there is a little bit of Snowhaven paper pack at the bottom. I had just enough left for 2 pages. The rest of this double page layout has come from my scrap box including photo mounts from National Paper Craft Month Year Noted Kit (that was special!). The colours were just right for wha I wanted to do in replicating the page from the magazine.

S1505 Just Sayin

I went ahead and did a lot of stamping on scrap bits of White Daisy Cardstock and then arranged all the bits around the photo mounts and B and T trim.

Just Sayin Stamp of the Month

Just Sayin Stamp of the Month

I have used a variation of Thistle, Canary, Glacier, Sorbet and Black in stamping the elements from the stamp sheet. I have repeated the triangles for the banner in the top right and used the circles under the daisies. I used Glacier Thick Twine to support the banners and have mixed up mounting some pieces flat and some on foam tape for additional dimension.


Cluster the triangles for a banner, use the square shapes for titles and journalling



This is similar to the cluster in the Annual Inspirations Book, using a number of the titles from the set.

The collection of titles are varied by colour. I have used my most favourite of our bling, gold gems, for the centers of the daisies. My daisies have come from excess flower cuts on the cricut. I knew if I used the ‘fill page’ function I would eventually have a use for all those daisies! These have been inked eith in the center or at the outer edges with Crystal blue. I used Silver Shimmer trim on the edges of both pages rather than mount the white bases onto sparkling card stock.


Cluster it thin banner flags and be sure to support the flowers with a bit of colour. I have used the circle stamp to do this.


I hope you have been inspired to replicate what is in annual inspirations and can follow my layout for your partner page.  Ask your consultant about the Recipe! For a complete list of products used see the list below.

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment before you move on! I love to have your feedback.

You now may have completed the loop of hopes if you started with Melinda Everitt. If not hop on over to her page and keep going through this lovely range of artwork. Click right here on Melinda Everitt

Products used to create this page are available online from my Website to Australian Customers.


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SOTM Blog Hop – A Happy Hello by Independent Consultants


A Happy Hello!

Hello and welcome to this awesome international celebration of the February Stamp Of the Month a Happy Hello! I am very excited to be one of the contributors and hope I inspire you. Stamp of the Month is only available in February for $27 AU or $5 with your $75 AU order. If you arrived here from  Nikka Geers Blog you are in the right place.

This layout began with just one scrap – that 4 inch piece on the left side page. It was so pretty, I could not throw it out. Now I had a use for it!



I attempted to replicate it on the right hand side but know that is nigh on impossible when doing ‘messy stuff’. (and I LOVE my messy stuff!) It goes a but like this – drop some Canary, Pixie and Sweet leaf drops of reinker on the all purpose craft mat. Add some salt. Spray with water. Place the paper down and press and twist, rub. Don’t forget the corners. Dry. Add more blotches – sparay some, flick some, sponge some. The trick is to know when enough is enough and not get the paper too wet.

Once I had a piece of paper I could use for the right side I rotated it a few times and aha there it was. I added some more messy stuff such as the rings from the stamp A1170 Doodled Designs in various colours on both pieces to help tie them together as well as the double stitched cirle. I trimmed 4 inches from the page on the right to create the symmetry across the centre of the layout. The Butterfly from Brush WOTG was already on that inspiring scrap of inky mess!. A happy accident:)

I set these pieces on Sweet leaf background and went to work with A Happy Hello to make flowers.

flower detail

I found enough scrap to create the Yellow Scallops with Buttercup Ink using the giant half circle stamp. I used the pretty petalled cicle and buttercup card stock for the base of my three flowers and stamped the solid circle with the really fine lines on it on the pink B and T paper. This took away the white from the background. I then daubed the edge in more pink to give it more dimension. I fussy cut these and used foam tape to mount the centres. I stamped the leaves and stems in Pear ink, attached the flowers and used what I had left of my Brushed Compliments to finish off the flowers and add the Banner flags. I did put some of these stickers on white cardstock and fussy cut them because of their transparency.

I wasn’t quite done yet, I did want to mess it up a little more. I pulled out a spray pen that has some left over pearlised sweet leaf spray and went to town with it on the sweet leaf background and let it run down the page. I little more painterly I think! We do not carry the pearl paint anymore ( sad face)  but so little of it is used in a spray bottle you may have some left in your stash. Don’t be afraid to use it! To support photos you might add to the page I would use the same B and T paper to mount them as shown in the example.

pearl detail

I hope you are inspired to get a little messy with this stamp set – it is great for both random stamping and flower making! For a full list of supplies see the shopping list below. Please leave a comment before you move along to the next stop in the hop  Pam Jarrett and see what she has in store for you.
Thanks for stopping by!
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CTMH Products used in this project can be ordered online or in person from The Creative Heart. Let me know if you need some help with your order!

Australasian Blog Hop Stamp of the Month S1502 A Happy Hello

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A Happy Hello! CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.

Welcome to a new month aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from  Meryl Cheetham – Mez’s Craft Room 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.

Cooee!!  G’day!  I am barely over the excitement of Australia Day and Back to School  time for us. (Myself included following a two year break!) However, I am happy to share this piece of Artwork I created for A Happy Hello S1502 which is available for February only at $27 AU or just $5 with your $75 order placed with me or online.


I first did this for a card swap and am now pleased to share it with you. I love that we can do layers with this stamp and build up circles in all kinds of ways. I also love the stem and leaves and am positive it will get pulled out time and again for just that purpose.  I am a fan of random stamping and this set is perfect for that as you can see with this card.

For the card I have random stamped the stem with Olive, the flowers with Whisper and flaxen. I added some gold spot Washi, some triangle studs and stamped the sentiment in Barn Red on a piece of scrap Champagne. (I did use a different sentiment – one of the must have sentiment sets for cardmaking was used in my card.)  I added a touch of bling with puffies. This card is very simple and effective. Why not try it with a completely different colour palette?

CTMH Supplies

S1502 is only available until Feb 28 from your CTMH consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop    Denise’s Blog Scrap, Stamp, Share 

, Please leave a comment before you go. Thanks for stopping by!


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Australasian Blog Hop Stamp Of The Month This Moment S1501

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Welcome to the first blog hop of 2015 by the  Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop group. If you have arrived here from Shaunna’s Blog, Passionate About Pages 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 am thrilled to share with you this mini album which features January Stamp of the Month S1501 This Moment.  S1501 available exclusively throughout January for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

Love Notes Mini Journal

Ok I will fess up. I initially felt I had little use for this stamp set as I have no lover, no kids and my dogs can’t read a love note I might write. I did what I always do – I just stamped some of it out and an idea was born.


URok is a deliberate choice – This book is meant to be an affirmation not a question:)


A little back story may help with why I did this mini album. It is no secret among those close to me I suffer depression. I am OK right now because I have awesome things to do with my time, (teaching people how to be creative is awesome) and great family and great friends supporting me. But I am not always ok. I am a single 50 something living at home in an empty nest with 2 dogs. I battle the black dog daily. While I occasionally have the company of my girls and grandson, I am very much alone and that sense of isolation can exacerbate any feelings of depression coursing through my veins.

I created this project while completely alone between Christmas and New Year. It is a time in which we reflect on what we have done and achieved and what we might like to plan for the years to come. I have promised myself to take some everyday photos to fill the pages along with completing the all important journalling. Maybe one day one of my offspring will treat it as a treasure once I have done those pages. But its purpose for me is in this moment!

My mini album therefore is intended to be an antidote to feeling sad. It is a very big Love Note reminder to take care of and love myself by being in the moment and appreciating that.  It gives me great pleasure to share with you my empty Mini I put together in just one evening using a few fun, well priced CTMH products.

Get your stuff together including a selection for For Always PML cards that speak to you.

Get your stuff together including a selection for For Always PML cards that speak to you.

All you need is the Hip Pics Mini Album Z1956, A la Carte For Always Picture My Life CardsZ3065 , Black Arrow Washi Tape Z2003, Black Shimmer trim Z1809, Marvy Uchida LePen journalling pen Z1979, Sparkles Black and Grey Assortment Z1754, Scaredy Cat assortment (Black Stars)Z3011, and an assortment of Black, White and Kraft paper. I have used just two inks, Black Z2105 and White Daisy Z2163. I added a piece of Black Twill Z1988 ribbon to my spine too. Get set to do each page as you feel as all these products coordinate completely with the for Always cards. The stamp set could well have been created from the same designs. I had a ball bringing these pages together.

Get over creative block! 

To begin with I stamped some of the titles and icons on black, white and kraft paper. This gets my creative juices going and helps push me past creative block! Then I knew how and where I wanted to place things on the album cover. I flipped through my For Always cards and chose those that were actually very similar and even the same in style with this stamp set, and fitted my colour scheme of black, white and kraft, as well as my mood and the thoughts I was feeling. I made no definite decisions yet but I had a nice little pile of large and small cards. I flushed out a piece of Black Fundamentals paper from my stash to use as well as I loved the Zing of the black and white chevron.

I like the hip pics pages but feel the pockets need a bit of stabilising. Fill each one with a piece of card 6 x 4 1/4. I mixed these up from my colours. Then I added PML cards. NOW is the time to stamp directly on the white space of your pages if desired. If you wait it can become a little lumpy bumpy and complicated. You can always cover it up if you decide you do not like it:)If you do need to support a page from lumps elsewhere slip your Versamat in there to help.

To adhere the PML cards into the album I simply hinged them in with black arrow Washi tape and used some scraps from fussy cut cards as tabs where needed. Once it was all stuck down I came back to decorate with more faux washi (scraps from cards!) I also did pen outlines, and stuck down some shimmer trim and gems. This little album is now ready for some photos and some reflection about what makes me smile, and what matters to me so in a moment I can be reminded to be in the moment.Here is how mine came together.





Here Hello is stamped 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation.





White pigment ink looks great on our Kraft card stock. Give it a try.




I gorgot to do photos – the crds on the left fall down revealing my precious and grately appreciated first cuppa of the day.


Here the photo of the day title is fussy cut from the card and popped on top – over the same card I cut it from with the hip pics frame in between.



The love notes on the right included a little fold out note slipped into the pocket of the page. It is all set in place ready for me to write a nice love note.




Shopping list – If you have a stash – your only investment might be this cute album and the PML cards





I would love to hear from you if you decide to take this or a similar approach with this stamp set. Please let me know if I have inspired you.

This Moment is only available until January 31 from your CTMH consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,

Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings

If you get lost along the way please visit  Mandy – Hall of Indulgence for a full list of hoppers.

Have a Fantastic New Year!

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Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop S1412 Cutie Pie

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Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Maz’s Inky Fingers 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.


How cute is this???

S1412 Cutie Pie

I Love it and I have had a LOT of fun making cards and pages with it already! I know many of us have been hanging out for this Stamp of the Month to get here and yippeee here it is! December Stamp of the Month is Cutie Pie S1412 and it is available  for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75 with your consultant. (Ask your consultant about the additional Deal of the Decade if your order is at this amount!)

I have decided to pair my SOTM project up with the new paper collection Heartstrings because it comes with a card making kit rather than a WOTG, and we have a yummy mini pack of coordinating PML Cards. So, it did not take me long to come up with this layout.

sotm cupcakes layout

I have focussed on the blues in the PML cards. The best match card stock and ink was Crystal Blue. I used our biggest block (4 x 5 Y1012) and started by mounting all 4 cupackes on the block in random directions. I then stamped this rotating the block 90 degrees and 180 and even rotating the paper. This gave me the random stamped cupcake background.

sotm cupcake block

sotm make background


The side strips are a 2 inch strip of Crystal Blue embossed with the new Diamond Embossing folder. It looks and feels really quilted! I added the flourish from the Heartstrings complements, inked the edges of my selected pml cards and added a zip strip to one of the photos mounts. Random scraps also make a great washi look and you need that bit of bling with silver shimmer trim.

Dec sotm cupcakes

I had already been playing in my paper packet so I had B and T scraps to use – but you could use PML cards if that is all you have. Stamp a cupcake (or 3!)  using Black ink on the Heartstrings B and T papers. Mix it up. Separate the wrapper from the top of each one and shuffle them around. Adhere them to a small strip of scrap paper as you put them back together. This will support them. Then use foam mounting tape to adhere them to the page. I used a strip of B and T paper as a ‘shelf’ to put them on. Don’t forget the sparkle for the top!

I added some heart stamps and some puffy hearts from the new Stuck on you Puffies just to finish it off with a bit of red.

To complete this project you will need

December SOTM is only available through till Dec 31 is from your CTMH consultant.I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Wendy Hopper,to see what she has created for you.

PS Make sure you have a go at the page by CTMH on page 16. It is a LOT of fun to make.

PPS…Be sure to follow the hop…grab a cuppa and hop along to Wendy Hopper and keep going! There is some really inspirational artwork this month!

Take a cupcake with you!


The creative Heart



November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop S1411 It’s The Little Things

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It’s The Little Things

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings  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 Love SPRING, and flowers! Don’t you? I can see these lovely flowers adorning gifts of all sorts as well as Spring Racing Carnival Pages if you are lucky enough to be heading off to a Melbourne Cup celebration. Here is a nice relaxing project I have made with this stamp of the Month. I hope you enjoy it.


Two little gifts which feature November Stamp of the Month S1411 It’s The Little Things available exclusively throughout November for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75. One is a Slate Designer Creations Bag Z2053, the other is the Slate Designer Crreations Paper Bag Z2036

We all have a scrap bin right? With LITTLE THINGS …little bits of paper in it! This stamp set is perfect for using up some of those scraps! You can stamp tone on tone, stamp colour on white, Rock n Roll, do overstamping, grab your spray pens Z1380 and reinkers and try a little over spraying, or even get out your Watercolour pencils 3505!

Let the little girl who loved to colour in come out to play here!


In this shot I show you some of the stages I went through to create my two projects. I started by simply stamping up pieces and colouring some. I then fussy cut them out so I ended up with a pile of cut flowers and foliage.

I did do a lot of spraying on my leaves to get texture. I sprayed in green with a little of that pearl paint we no longer have (but want back) and some darker olive green – or was that black? (Our black reinker has a green base so I often use that) I hope you can see this helped add some texture to the foliage pieces.


If you follow my blog, or come to my classes you will know about the dress rehearsal step. I played with those flowers and nothing seemed to work for me until I supported them with simple white cardstock. Then like magic the two gift wrappings came together.



Here is what I did.

  • I used card measuring 3 x 3 1/4.
  • I stamped the sentiment Just for you top on one and bottom on the other just so you can see you can very this too.
  • I have a band of Silver Shimmer Trim supporting this.
  • Next layer the flowers out until the arrangement is appealing.
  • Take a photo of it! . (I love that we can do this in the modern world!)
  • Slide all the pieces off and start adhering them using the photo as a guide. You won’t have to remember where they went! Some are adhered flat with EZ dots adhesive. Some are mounted with 3D Foam Tape.
  • Bling it up – pop in some Thistle striped ribbon, coloured Bitty sparkles (Use our Shin Han Twin Touch markers) and some other bling gems.



Fill your little goodie bags with your gift – My Slate Paper Bag contains a handful of Mentos. The Slate Button Bag has a lovely Bath Bomb. (I had to include it in the photo because it is like the flowers I had been stamping!)

Close To My Heart Products used in these projects

s1411 It’s The Little Things

November Stamp of the Month S1411 It’s The Little Things available exclusively throughout November for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75. with your CTMH consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Sue’s Blog, Patricia Manhire – Patricia Manhire’s Creative Corner



New Product Feature – Chalk it up!

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I will confess right now for those of you who don’t know. In my formal job I am a teacher. Being a teacher is in my soul. Mother tells me I used to play ‘school’ with my little brother. So when CTMH brought us a paper pack and a Picture my Life pack called Chalk it up naturally even at 51 I am excited and also quite nostalgic since we do not use blackboard and chalk anymore. Who can remember a teacher who was really good with her artwork on the chalk board? I wonder if these are the reasons why chalk boards are currently also popular decor items!

Now if you really like this new Chalk it up kit it is the kit currently included in your Consultant kit!

new consultant kit – just $130 plus $19.50 P and H contains $500 worth of product including Chalk It Up WOTG AND Tthe Fore Always PML KIT! You get inks, blocks, embellishments, a n E size alphabet stamp set, some markers, some washi and more!

The Chalk It Up WOTG kit gives you all the instructions you need to create this page layout

Here is some additional some artwork I have done with Chalk it up WOTG and Chalk it up PML.

Pages and cards using the Chalk it up collection

Pages and cards using the Chalk it up collection

You can see the papers on page 26 of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book or check them online here. Contact me (see below)  if you would like a hard copy of the new Idea Book. I have also used the Chalk It Up Picture My Life Z2018 program on the page layout. This makes for speedy decoration of a page!

You can see the WOTG kit (workshop on the go kit) on page 28-29 and the host rewards stamp Better With a Friend D1608 is on page 11. You will not find this stamp online as it is exclusive to our gathering hosts. Be sure to talk to me about our broad range of gathering options.

I have also used the lines, titles and graduation cap from the Teacher Appreciation Stamp D1612 on this page layout.

At this time of the year with Year twelve students only 12 weeks from graduating now is the time to get organised with your school graduation photos and thank you gifts for teachers. Teachers do not often get a thanks but they sure do appreciate it when they do. There are some ideas in the Idea Book for you to follow. The bunch of pencils is an awesome ideas as I remember forever handing students a pen or pencil because they ‘forgot theirs at home’! 

You will find the Great Job stamp set C1588 and card on page 32.You can use this stamp set to congratulate your child or anyone else for that matter, on a job well done! I am going to be teaching the techniques from the card displayed in the idea book at my Tuesday Technique class.

I have also used the owl from this month’s Stamp Of The Month What a Hoot S1408. This stamp set is only $5 with every $75 order.

To view and purchase any of the products in this range of artwork click the links below to head to my online store to place your order. Be sure to join my August Online Host gathering  to go into the draw for the host rewards at the end of the month! (you could get Better with a friend for free!)

Here are some more ideas with Chalk it Up

Shadow box frame put to use to encourage your child’s success


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