Tourists in our town


For several years Mike and I have been taking time to be tourists in our own town.  Last year for our anniversary, we booked into a hotel in Fremantle for a couple of nights.  Freo is only a 30 minute drive from home but it is a beautiful port city worth spending more than a few hours in.  These pages showcase our anniversary breakfast in the park across the road from our hotel and our dinner in a delightful tapas bar.

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The Jubilee papers (X7181B) were a perfect compliment for these photos.  I love the bright primary colours of this pack and the patterns on the papers worked well with the food theme.  The complements pack (X7181C) provided the only embellishments needed.  These are pre-cut decorations on thick card that you pop out and stick down.  No fuss scrapbooking at it’s best!

View the Jubilee range by clicking here.


The one element I spent a bit of time on was the mount for the photo of us on the right-hand page.  I used the Scallop Border Punch (Z1851) to create a decorative edge for the mount.  My Corner Rounder got a workout too!


Happy Scrappin’


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Aussie and Kiwi Stamp Set Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to the Australasian Stamp Sets Blog Hop. 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. The hop is a circle so you will end up back here.

As Australasian Close To My Heart consultants we wanted to showcase the Australasian Stamp Sets that Close To My Heart designed especially for our market. The projects we feature  today are shared in the spirit of both gratitude and national pride.  We felt Anzac Day was a great day to showcase some Aussie and Kiwi talent.

I am so grateful our country allows us so much freedom and choice.  I love to take mini-breaks with family and friends in our wonderful landscape.  Today’s page features one of our national emblems, the kangaroo.  Seen in the Aussie bush, they are quite beautiful.  We recently enjoyed a few days staying in a house about an hour out of Perth. It was called Roos Retreat.  Each evening 20-30 kangaroos came to graze right in front of the deck.  We loved watching them as the sun set in the distance.

Roos retreatI chose the Outback Adventure Stamp Set (D1596).  I love the strong iconic images of this set. The two circular stamps are perfect for random stamping a background like the bamboo (1301) piece on the left of the page.  I free hand cut the curve to soften the page a little.  The title was cut using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790) and I glued the word ‘Retreat’ to the Creme Brulee (X5754) cardstock BEFORE  embossing it with the chevron embossing folder (Z1925).  This makes it look like the title is part of the paper rather than an added element.  The kangaroo was fussy cut after being stamped on Bamboo cardstock with Saddle ink (Z7121).  The final embellishment was Woodgrain washi tape (Z1930) which softened the edge of the embossed cardstock.

I hope you enjoy seeing the beautiful artwork that follows focusing on these stamp sets! They include Australian Salutations (C1585), Australian Thanks (C1586), Outback Adventure (D1596), Hoppy Birthday (D1597), New Zealand Greetings (D1601) and Aussie Praises (D1598).

The Australain Stamp Sets are not featured in our current Ideas Book, they were released after it was printed. Click here to view the complete range.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Savannah’s Blog, Savannah Scraps

Happy Scrappin’


Free to be me

All a-flutter


I have been having the BEST fun in my cropping room this week preparing for National Scrapbook Day.  NSD is all about you – time out with friends, celebrating life’s adventures! Stay true to your own scrapbooking style while you let your creative spirit take flight.  This year’s theme is “Free to be me”.     My event is a full day crop in Perth on May 17th for all my lovely customers and their friends.  Your registration includes a full colour handout, lots of gifts, morning tea, lunch and loads of inspiration.  If you need details, just email


The feathers you can see on this page are actually a stamp set.  It’s called… you guessed it, Feathers! (C1584) Take a look at it here.  I’ve teamed it up with another stamp set, Flight of arrows (D1578) to make the card shown below.  Imagine this as a longer strip and you have a perfect page border.  I think these two stamp sets are must haves in your box of tricks – you will find so many ways to use them I’m sure.

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Before I joined Close To My Heart I hardly ever stamped.  I have learnt so many cool techniques to use with my stamps and I LOVE it in my albums.  I can have an embellishment in ANY colour I want and unlike stickers, I NEVER run out of my favourites.  If you haven’t given it a go, National Scrapbook Day is a good time to try – I promise your pages & cards will look awesome.

Happy Scrappin’



Embossed accents


I have a new toy!  My little green Cuttlebug is proving to be so much fun to hang out with.  It works with the CTMH embossing folders to add a textured pattern to flat papers.  There are 5 folders to choose from.  Take a look at them here. The folders will work with other brands of embossing machine, I just like this one because it is so compact and easy to use (and I got a great deal on it because I’m a consultant).

I have 2 cards featuring embossing to show you today.  The first features a subtle tone on tone effect. I love the texture this provides without overwhelming the small elements that feature in the design.  I used the Chevron embossing folder (Z1925) and daisy white cardstock.  The sentiment comes from Balloon Talk, this month’s Stamp of the Month, and is stamped using Archival Black Ink (44751).  This ink gives a really rich colour. Alcohol Markers were perfect for adding the stitching effects.

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My second card is based on a design from the Originals Card Confidence Book.  I don’t know where I’d be without it!  Card making is not intuitive for me and I need to copy rather than create from scratch. I used the Quatrefoil embossing folder for this one – I think this is my favourite embossed pattern.  The birthday cake stamp comes from Belated Birthday (B1442).  To create the bow on the Slate Polka Dot Washi Tape (Z1817) I simply folded the tape back on itself, trimmed the ends and twisted.  I attached it with Memory Book Glue Dots (1772) – they hold dimensional elements really well.

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I have found the best adhesive to secure embossed cardstock is the Broad Tip Bonding Memories glue pen ( 1522) It gives good coverage over the lower profiles of the textured cardstock and your design won’t fall off the front of your card.

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Come along to one of my classes if you’d like to have a play with the Cuttlebug.  It does come with a warning… “New addictions are likely to develop when using this machine”

Happy Scrappin’


Free to be me


Basketball Artbooking Page


Our household is very excited that the Perth Wildcats won the NBL grand final over the weekend.  Kathryn and her boyfriend are members and Mike and I get excited because they are!  This page features photos from a game earlier in the season.


It was so much fun to create this page.  I simply began with the layout shown on p82 of the Cricut Artbooking instruction book and decided on the colours for each element.  I love the way the Artbooking cartridge cuts every element in proportion to all the others.  Once I set the size of my background overlay, I didn’t have to adjust the size again.  It knew to make my title that size so it shows up nicely on the page.  It knew to create the red frames to fit exactly on the black mounts for the photos.  How cool is that?

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I’d love to show you how to use a Cricut machine.  I run hands on classes once a month where you get to work at a machine and learn lots of tips and tricks or you can simply ask to have a go at my next workshop.  I always have a Cricut plugged in and waiting – all you need to do is purchase a mat and a Cricut License from me and you can play as much as you like.

Like to get an Artbooking Cartridge FREE this month?  Join my team by clicking here and you can be having fun really soon with any one of the CTMH Cricut Cartridges.

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Happy Scrapping




My NEW sporting passion


I’ve never been into sports… all that puffing and ‘glowing’ just puts me off.  Imagine my family’s surprise when I told them I was taking up Cricut!  They were very encouraging and marvelled at this new interest until I explained, “That’s Cricut as in Creative Cutting and not Cricket as in, let’s stand in the sun for 6 hours.”


I am the first to admit this new ‘interest’ is fast becoming an ‘addiction’.

  • I love that I can cut a shape or title for my page in any colour paper or cardstock and make it any size I desire.
  • I love that I can cut a full sheet of identically sized shapes with 3 taps on the screen
  • I love that I can cut a decorative background for my page
  • I love that I don’t need dozens of punches and cutting systems anymore.
  • I love that my creativity has been sent in a whole new direction by this amazing machine.

This month Close To My Heart are sharing the Cricut LOVE.  Join my team as a consultant and you receive your choice of Cricut Cartridge FREE… no strings attached.  Let me show you how you can share a little Cricut love with your friends as they create alongside you.  Check out the savings below. Click here for full details or to join online.  I have monthly Cricut classes too!

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Try your hand at spraying ink


I took a group of consultants away for a weekend at the end of March.  This was a mixture of fun and product training.  We tried new techniques and learnt lots from each other about using a range of Close To My Heart products.  One product I really enjoyed playing with was the Spray Pens, a pack of 3 is just $5.50.

You simply mix a few drops of re-inker with water in the tube of the pen, screw on the lid and spray some paper.  You can vary how fine the mist is by changing the distance away from the paper and you can darken the colour by spraying over the same place a couple of times.

Here’s my card I made at the retreat.  I used Ruby to spray the background piece of cardstock.

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The ‘Happy’ Title comes from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge and the feather stamp can be found in Feathers (C1584).  I was also playing with my new embossing machine and love the look of adding ink to embossed cardstock.  I used the Quatrefoil (Z1926) embossing folder.

Why not have a play with spray pens yourself?

Happy Scrappin’,