OMG ….Deal of the decade!

CTMH sure know how to celebrate an anniversary! OMG!! I am a bit excited to tell you about this! There is no better time to party!! Book your gathering in person or online and reap the rewards!

We have been celebrating their 30 years in the industry, we have just celebrated the 5th birthday of Studio J and now we celebrate 10 years of their signature  My Acrylix Stamps with the Deal of the Decade!

For Australian Readers! This is so exciting…..

 (If you are located elsewhere you will need to hunt out a CTMH consultant in your country.)
thecreativeheart.ctmh.com.au Shop online for this special deal.

Shop online now for your Deal of the Decade Stamp sets! Click this image to find out more!

 

Ever since I began with CTMH I have been impressed by the quality of My  Acrylix clear polymer stamps, the designs and the price point. I am now even more pleased to share with you this Deal of the Decade! You can’t go wrong at this price – now is the time to shop for those stamps that might have been out of your budget or just on your wishlist. Grab your Annual Inspirations, check through the green section and see what you can list! Book and host your own gathering to get even more!

My personal wishlist includes Delightful Ditty Instruments, Season of thanks backgrounds, Lifetime of happiness (great for card making) Happy Autumn, Noel (will make a fab addition to my xmas stamp collection) Reason for the Season, Bodacious Banners, Nursery Charms, Rainy Day….Yes, in spite of what my customers think I do not own every stamp set!  What is on your wishlist? Let me know in your comment below!

I could save $100’s of dollars if I whittled my list down to the must haves as opposed the would likes and set a budget. Here is an example. If I have a budget of $200 (a Christmas gift to myself)  I could buy what I really like from the new Seasonal Expressions 1, and get the Stamp of the Month (total $80) and then pick a dozen C or D sized sets!!! (totaling $120)  Wohoo How much fun would that be??? If I also hosted and a few freinds made purchases I could also get anything from $30 and up to several 50% Off items for being the host. To find out about host rewards click here. You can host in person, or online. Let me tailor a gathering to suit you.

So what is the catch with this deal?

Place an order of Regular priced items totaling $75 or more. That is it!

Once you achieve the qualifying order total, there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted price. You will be eligible not only to get Stamp of the Month Cutie Pie for $5 but ANY C or D sized Stamp set from the Green section in our Annual Inspirations book for just $10 each.

Yep Any C or D Sized Stamp  (from Annual Inspirations Idea Book) and As Many as you like! Just $10 each after reaching the qualifying order level.

Now for something extra

My gift to you! If you place an order online by Dec 5  I will personally put something in the post to go under your tree! When ordering, be sure to join my Online Host Draw to be eligible. You could win the host rewards to spend on items such as new Seasonal Expressions stamps and Papers. (more to come on those in another post!)

Your Loved One needs a Santa shopping hand? No worries!

Do you need to have a hand to get your partner doing good shopping for you? No problem. Just email me your personal wishlist, then ask your partner or family member to email me nenifoofer@gmail.com and I will organise it all for you. For your order to be under the tree I will need to order it by the end of this week Dec 5! No Promises but I will do my best.

So jump online and place your order, or contact me to organise your personal ordering or arrange to host your own gathering (complete form below)  so you are assured of getting host rewards as well!

Woo Hoo – it is all very exciting! Keep your eye out for posts and hints about Sticky Boy too!

The Creative Heart – Jen

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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.

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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!

Jenny

The creative Heart

 

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop R is for Remember this Day

abc bloghop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop! For this hop we will be featuring the letter R. 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 “Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy ” then you’re on the right track!

R is for Remember this Day

Recently I my family lost someone we loved dearly and I wanted to give all the members of the family a card to express both condolences and the encouragement to remember a great lady with love. I created this card for all the immediate family and granddaughters who were effected by the loss.

Remember this Moment

Remember this Moment

In our range of stamp sets we have a lovely Cameo set called ‘Sweet Moments’ C1467. I fell in love with it and got it as soon as possible and stashed it into my card making pile, to wait for a day of inspiration for using it. (I love doing heritage work!) I needed little inspiration when I had a need to express my love for a beautiful lady and the loss the family were suffering. On this stamp set I found the Cameo and all it represents in femininity, lace, delicate and nostalgic and sentiments such as ‘Remember this day’, a butterfly, and a lovely tiny saying ‘It’s moments like this we want to hold in our hearts forever’.

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Sweet Moments C1467

I have teamed all of these with two core (I think at least) card making stamp sets. Sincere Expressions A1146 and D1584 Big Hug. The card itself can be simply stamped but I decide to be a little creative and have embossed with Cameo with clear embossing powder. I finished the work with Clear Sparkle flourish, Small Sparkles and Silver Shimmer trim. I stamped the Rose on the envelop as an added touch of elegance.

Sincere expressions A146

Big Hug D1584

It is hard to say I hope you enjoy this project, but sincerely hope you are inspired by it to give this stamp set a go for when ‘Remembering’ a special someone really matters.

Products Used in this project

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Lauren Moore – “CTMH Craftings” 

In case you get lost along the way…go to Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

Jen

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May Stamp of the Month S1405 You’ve Got a Freind

sotm blog hop

Welcome to the Australasian May Stamp of the Month You’ve got a Friend Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from  Monika – A Sprinkle of Glitter  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.

Today I would like to share with you a collection of Love Notes which features the May Stamp of the Month S1405 You’ve got a friend, available exclusively throughout May  for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

love notes

I see this stamp set as the opportunity giving you some new stamping techniques so let’s get started!

Background stamping is a technique where we first stamp the flat back of the stamp in a colour before stamping the detail. pop your stamp on your block upside down. It will look like this. Being new, you will need to season this side – give it a good rub on your arm. Note this technique works best with asymetrical designs, but a little leafy green on the wrong die adds a quirkiness to this finished tag.

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Ink it up in one or more colours. On this item I have used Pear and Cranberry pigment inks. These are going on Sweet Leaf Cardstock. I have cut the apple shape from the Artboking Cartridge on page 69 at 2.75 inches. This shape is just right for an apple shaped tag.

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Now flip the stamp the right way up and stamp the sentiment.

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Add a hole with a hole punch and if you like trim a little of the extra green shape away. There is a cute little tag to stick in a lunch box or put with a gift.

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To use a precut tag, cut tags with Art Philosphy Tag page 40 at 3 inches. I have used Crystal blue cardstock for this tag. Finish the edge with one of the ink colours you have used in the stamping. I have used Outdoor denim, Whisper, and black for this sample. Punch a hole and thread with bakers twine or ribbon from your stash.  You can also do this design directly on card stock and fussy cut the shape with your awesome Microtip scissors.

Masking 

Masking with paper. This is a great opportunity to use up some scraps. Stamp the image on scrap paper. Cut out the word you wish to stamp in a different colour. Keep both pieces! So I cut the mustache away but also kept the thank you section intact,

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I background stamped this the same as the first two samples  but this time used the same colour as the card stock – whisper for a more subtle look. The shape is from p 46 in Art Philosophy. Using Cricut Craftroom I unlocked the aspect ratio and made the shape 3.5 x3 inches for the sentiment. Fist put the mustache scrap in place and stamp the sentiment in your first colour – in this case Slate,

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Then swap out the scrap pieces – and stamp the mustache section in a second colour. I chose black. Be sure to line up the mask nicely so you maintain the whole.

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Our clear cling stamps allow us to line things up easily. Stand up and look directly down through your stamp block to place exactly where you want it.

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Finish with edges distressing and some bakers twine. Add a stud too!

Layering

Here is the same stamp this time instead of masking I am layering. I stamped the image on the card,in cocoa  and on some scrap in black. I fussy cut the mustache and then added this to the card with foam tape. There is no background stamp on this sample.

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I have also used layering for ‘You’re the best’. The base is a card from Art Philosophy p 48 cut at 5.25 wide x 3.5 high. (Cricut craft room allows you to unclock the aspect ratio! )

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Stamp the image in pigment ink on the UV coated card (this is from the Free to be me collection). Stamp again on the lagoon, and on the back of the UV coated red to get 2 more layers. The thick black lines make fussy cutting a breeze if each layer is stamped in the same colour – black. Use foam tape to mount these pieces on.

Masking with Washi Tape

Finally let’s do masking with washi tape! Any washi tape will do. Mask out the bit you do not wish to ink, Ink up the stamp, REMOVE THE WASHI. (Yes I have forgotten to do this sometimes!) Stamp the image, Repeat the process covering what is already stamped and ink up in your second colour, Remove the washi – look through the block carefully for placement and stamp you second word.

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You end up with this colourful result.

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Finish with Flamingo dots and a bow and you have a cute card. I cut this card from Art philosophy p 52 at 2.5 inches. It is only just big enough. I would recommend trying 2.75 inches just so the design is not right at the edges. I have used Pear and Smoothie as colours for this sample.

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Once I had all my love notes done I went through and added sparkle, triangle studs and even washi tape to put a little bling into the finished pieces.

I was experimenting when making these. I am more pleased with some than others and that is largely through colour and shape choices. Don’t be afraid to play because the sentiments on this months stamp of the month are very suitable for lunchbox love notes and your family is sure to appreciate you popping one in as a surprise ‘Just ‘cos’ one day!

Remember Stamp of the Month is available for $24 in May ONLY, or you can purchase it for $5 with every $75 from your consultants online store – Jen’s Creative Classroom at Close To My Heart. (AU only) I love to have comments and feedback so please leave a comment before moving on!  Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed this little venture into stamping techniques and you can produce some cute little love notes for your family.  Your next place on the hop is Patricia Manhire She is sure to have come up with something special for you!

Supplies used in the love notes: Available from Jen’s Creative Classroom. 

Arbooking Cricut collection Z1906

Art Philosophy Cricut Collection Z1686

Natural Metallic Bakers Twine z1921

Micro Tip Scissors z1836

Durables Triangle Studs z1928

3d Foam Tape z1151

Washi Tape 

Flamingo Dots z1934

Exclusive Inks – Pigment inks –  Cranberry, Pear, Outdoor Denim, Whisper, Black, Cocoa, Pear, Smoothie, Slate,

Cardstock – Sweet leaf x5639; Crystal Blue 1292; White, Whisper

Free to Be Me Paper Collection – National Scrapbook Month Offer

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A Very Happy Mother and great savings for you!

mothers dayI love Mother’s Day. (not just because I was born on that day!) It is a time to celebrate the awsomeness that comes from being a Mum. Imagine the pleasure of Giving mum a hand made card? Or even better a lovely photo wallet? (stay tuned – that post is coming)   CTMH have this lovely stamp set we can use for Mothers day cards and mini photo albums to celebrate and thank our mums, or even give to someone who is a mum in spirit, or perhaps someone who we know is under-appreciated as a mum. A nice little old fashioned snail mail card could just make their day!

Mother’s Day Stamp Set C1577 Just $19

This stamp set is C1577 and you will find it on 86 of your idea book. ( Email nenifoofer@gmail.com if you would like to order one. ) You can take this link to get right to it online. The most difficult decision with this stamp set is which of the four silhouettes to use and what sentiment for inside – are we all likely to ‘quote our mother’s’? Are we like Dad’s only smarter? I love the elegance of this design and it teams well with  the lovely Ariana papers.

 

Ariana Paper Pack – Just $14

 

The card is simple and easy to make and I have FREE kits packed and ready to go. All you need to do is book a home class (if you are within cooee of Mildura), or include this stamp set in your order of $75 or more at  my online store and I will send you the kit free of charge. This offer is limited to April purchases only.

While placing your order make it worth your while to SAVE by getting the Balloon Talk Stamp of the Month and the Free to Be Me Paper packs, BOTH just $5 each with orders totalling $75. That is a saving of over $30 for your crafting pleasure! Through May I will be posting projects you can do with your Free to be me papers so watch out for those!

Balloon Talk April Stamp of the month.

Free to Be Me National Scrapbook Month paper packet - just $5 with every order over $75. This is pretty and exclusive, available only for a short time.

Free to Be Me National Scrapbook Month paper packet – just $5 with every order over $75. This is pretty and exclusive, available only for a short time.

I am really looking forward to sharing this with you in upcoming classes or by post. I will show you the photo Wallet project in my next post. Stay tuned!

Jenny

 

 

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CTMH Stamp of the Month: Happy Place S1403A Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Patricia’s Blog 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 our March Stamp of the Month. (SOTM) We can get ahead and create some Mother’s day cards, or simply celebrate the unique bond of mothers and daughters with this month’s SOTM Happy Place. I decided to work with a project that would give you plenty of time to complete in time for Mother’s Day in Australia and it all begins with a box and some scraps! March Stamp of the Month Happy Place S1403A available exclusively throughout March for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

Ivy Lane Card gift box

The completed gift box filled with hand made cards ready for your mum or special friend to send on call. What a lovely hand made gift this will make!

The completed gift box filled with hand made cards ready for your mum or special friend to send on call. What a lovely hand made gift this will make!

I am using leftover bits and pieces from my Ivy Lane WOTG kit, Ivy Lane Card making kit, Ivy Lane Complements and Ivy Lane Assortment , and the colour ready Card Box. Of course you will also need the SOTM My Happy Place S1403A

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They say in patchwork (and building)  to measure twice and cut once. I need to remember that as it did take me several goes to get the base on the lid and flap of this box. Ideally your piece will run right over the back to the bottom. I had already glued a piece to the back so I couldn’t do that. I will give you the measurements I used but please be aware some fudging is required. The box lid is slightly wider than the base. I had to trim an extra smidge to get a nice fit as I went through the process. There is also absolutely no reason you couldn’t use even smaller pieces of varying sizes of scraps and mix and match to decorate your box. The key design elements here are the top piece of B and T paper, with Babushka Mum and baby dolls and the flower cluster. The rest has been created to coordinate with that vision.

Top of the box art work

Top of the box art work

Ok so looking first at the top, I cut the focus B and T paper – the lovely one with pale ink tones and handwriting – and cut it to 6 x 4 1/4 inches. The Hollyhock piece is 6 1/2 wide and 5 7/8 long. I do try to avoid 1/8 of anything. Here I found that to be slightly too long but not even an eighth and to cut it at 5 3/4 it would have been too short. By flipping the box over onto the lid I was able to fudge the fit trimming a smidge away with a craft knife.

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Fudging the fit by trimming a smidge using a craft knife and the versamat.

Now this lid opens and closes – so every fold needs more than just one score line to accommodate it. Once again paying attention to the placement of your measure – having the paper the right way around – score at 1 1/8. This will be the the bit that comes own the front over the magnetic flap on the box.

The CTMH ruler has a steel edge and 1/8 markings making it easy to measure that little 1/8

The CTMH ruler has a steel edge and 1/8 markings making it easy to measure that little 1/8

On the back I placed a piece 6 3/8 x  2  1/4 wide and did a smidge of trimming again.

I did not like having an open edge at the back. It was a bit like missing cornice or skirting boards in your house. I tried washi tape but didn’t like the result with the colours I had so I went for the Gold Shimmer trim. This shimmer trim is currently exclusive to the Ivy Lane Card making kit – and you have heaps of it left after making the cards, so why not use it here right? OK – that fixes the seem and is strong enough in bond to hold well. I fixed all these papers to the box with Bonding Memories glue.

17-20140226_201644Around the front and sides of the bottom of the box I simply looked at the strips I had – the center one was about 1/2 inch too short to go all the way in 2 pieces. I glued these from the back to the front on each side – I had a plan to cover the gap. The bottom has the lovely strips in the Ivy Lane Complements pack. The top is more of that gold Shimmer trim. I picked a flower from the Complements sheet and the bottom was done.

Next I focused on decorating the top. I decided to work with a paper piecing technique. I stamped both the mother and baby dolls on three different colours of scrap B and T Duo and once each on white card stock. I fussy cut the pieces and then played dress ups. I tried several different colour ways and ended up going with the one you see finished here.

stamp the images several times on different papers. Experiment a little.

Stamp the images several times on different papers. Experiment a little.

The Cutting diagram will show you the different ways you can cat these designs. If necessary you can re ink the edge of pieces. There are 5 key parts – the body (which can be the whole) the apron, the head scarf, the tie and the face. On Mum there is also her flower that can be cut separately. For all dolls it is also possible to separate the hair, but I found it easier to colour this part with watercolour pencils. 

Cutting chart.

Cutting diagram.

Fussy Cut

Fussy Cut

Dress rehearsal

Dress rehearsal

When you have all your pieces trimmed out do some dress rehearsal. Experiment a little with colour combinations until you are happy with the result.

Colour up a little with a light shade to take the stark whit away. I used sorbet for the face, Purple for the eyes and Brown for the hair.

Colour up a little with a light shade to take the stark whit away. I used sorbet for the face, Purple for the eyes and Brown for the hair.

Glue them all together Re ink edges if cutting took too much black outline away.

Glue them all together Re ink edges if cutting took too much black outline away.

carefull trim vey small pieces f 3D foam tape for the flower and the scarf ties.

carefully trim very small pieces f 3D foam tape for the flower and the scarf ties.

Once the Babushka dolls are ready it is time to plan the floral cluster. In making my Ivy Lane page layouts I cut extra flowers for the pages. I have made these more dimensional by gently rubbing in the center of them with my bone folder on the back of the versamat. This makes the petals pop upward, just like magic.

gentle circular rub and up those petals will pop

A gentle circular rub and up those petals will pop.

I layered these together to create the paper flowers on the box. It is now time for rehearsal again. Experiment with the placement of the dolls and flowers. I like to back a group of flowers with greenery and the swirl from the Ivy Lane Complements was perfect. Take care removing it from the sheet with all the curly bits. I placed this first, then my dolls, then my paper flowers. I then used the flower assortment that came with Ivy Lane WOTG. Be careful with these – cut the bit of sheet they are on to experiment rather than pull them off the backing. The adhesive is strong. If you put them in a place then change your mind you may be too late. I decided the pale pink ones did not work in this design so I left them out. I finished with the purple glitter gems.

This image is showing you the different heights and dimensions of the finished project

This image is showing you the different heights and dimensions of the finished project

I chose the Like Mother Like daughter sentiment. I stamped black on white and used a dauber loaded with hollyhock to soften it and pink it up and mounted this on a bit of the pink Ivy Lane B and T paper. I have already made my Ivy Lane cards so I popped them in the box and voila, the gift is finished.

Here you can ee how i covered the gap at the front of the box way back when I started this project.

Here you can ee how i covered the gap at the front of the box way back when I started this project.

Ok – Sorry this was such a long post but I hope you can get though the instructions! Here is another look at the finished box to save you scrolling back to the top

The completed gift box filled with hand made cards ready for your mum or special friend to send on call. What a lovely hand made gift this will make!

The completed gift box filled with hand made cards ready for your mum or special friend to send on call. What a lovely hand made gift this will make!

Want more Piecing? How about this example using Skylark

Pieced card using Skylark scraps

Pieced card using Skylark scraps

SOTM Happy Place is only available until 31st March from your CTMH consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Mandy’s Hall of Indulgence . Happy Hopping!

Shopping List

WOTG Ivy Lane G1073

Ivy Lane Card making Kit G1079 This is where you will find GOLD shimmer trim!

Ivy Lane Complements  x7178C

Ivy Lane Assortment Z3001

Purple Glitter Gems Z1936

Stamp of the Month – Happy Place

My Creations Card Box Z1647

Watercolour Pencils 3505

Exclusive Inks – Black z2105

Bonding Memories Glue 1512

3D Foam Tape Z1151

Art Philosphy Cricut Collection (Use to make the flowers) Z1686 

Tools – Versamat z1279 Bone Folder Z1204 Ruler Z1471 

Time is running out on Cloud Nine and more!

I have had a lovely time creating these awesome cards with the Cloud Nine Card making Kit. It is incredible value at just $20 with every $55 purchase – the stamp set alone is work more and the washi tape and Shimmer trim are among my favourite products.

Cloud Nine cards

Cloud Nine cards

 

My card making with this kit has not of course stopped there with the stamp set making it possible to replicate all of the designs with other papers and even create my own with scraps. I have posted before about cards I have made with scraps – here is a pile of scraps and a few samples I made with them.

From Scraps

From Scraps

to cards

to cards

 

Not Only Is time running our on Cloud Nine, we also have the last days of the items retiring from the Product Launch Guide. For example all of the current WOTG kits are retiring – some have already been depleted! Be sure to pop over to this link and check out the retiring papers and stamps and grab what you need before they are gone.

Your online order will automatically be in the draw for the host rewards of this month’s online shopping!  Remember any order of $75 of more entitles you to get stamp of the month for just $5 – awesome value! I love the rewards we get for shopping with Close To My Heart and invite you to join in!

I will soon be putting on show for you the NEW products! Can’t wait!