Ladybird, Ladybird…


One of the things I love best about being part of Close To My Heart is the open sharing of ideas between consultants across the globe.  Today’s little card was inspired by a lady who lives in Ohio, USA.  So, thank you Bobbi Frappier Dailey!  I adore ladybirds.

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The ladybirds are made using the banner stamps from the Year Noted kit.  I embossed the Cranberry card using the Hearts embossing folder and the XOXO comes from January’s Stamp of the month.  I have this card as a kit for all my lovely ladies coming to Paper Picnic workshops this week 🙂

January's Stamp of the month. This Moment, is $27 or just $5 if accompanied by a $75 order.  Available only until Jan 31, 2015

January’s Stamp of the month. This Moment, is $27 or just $5 if accompanied by a $75 order. Available only until Jan 31, 2015


Year Noted Stamp Set.  Available Jan 2015 only as part of a kit.  Spend $75 and purchase the kit for $10.

Year Noted Stamp Set. Available Jan 2015 only as part of a kit. Spend $75 and purchase the kit for $10.











Here’s one I made using next month’s stamp of the month, A Happy Hello.  I made 5 of these to give as a Secret Sister gift in Hawaii. I stamped the twig, moved it slightly and stamped again without re-inking so it would look like the branch was moving a bit as the ladybirds walked along it.

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Keep Smiling,


Hurry, this offer ends Jan 31.  Place a $75 order and purchase this kit for just $15 (Valued at $50+)

Hurry, this offer ends Jan 31. Place a $75 order and purchase the papers & Stamp set for just $10. Add the Mini Album and it’s yours for for just $15 (Valued at $50+)


Happy Australia Day


Happy Australia Day everyone! 

I hope you have plans for a relaxed day enjoying all the delights of our Australian landscape and culture.  Our house is about to get busy.  Each year our daughter hosts a ‘Hottest 100’ Countdown Party.  A National radio Station, JJJ, plays the most popular songs of the year as voted by it’s listeners.  The day involves lazing by the pool, eating yummy food and enjoying friendships new and old as the songs play.

I realised the other night I’ve never made a page about this event.  I have corrected that now – really important as this is likely to be the last one held here.  So, here is my page. (If you are reading this early, there are no photos – check back this afternoon to see them)

Inspiration fro this layout came from p22 of the Reflections How To Book.

Inspiration for this layout came from p22 of the “Reflections” How To Book.

The 1-10 title will be used to list the top 10 songs and the top 10 highlights of the day – there is always much hilarity and some classic quotes that are worth recording.  I cut this title from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (p81).

I was happy to find a photo mat with stars too.  It’s on p65 of the Atrbooking Cricut Cartridge.

The Celebrat Australia Stamp (D1640) is perfect for Australia Day photos.

The Celebrate Australia Stamp (D1640) is perfect for Australia Day photos.

The title was fun to create. I cut large letters with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge and added the fircracker stars to each letter.  I then embossed these with silver heat embossing powder and fussy cut the firecrackers below the letters.  The Triangle Border punch added detail and then I sanded it for some texture.

The Australian Flag stamp in this set is very clever.  You stamp the flag in Outdoor Denim ink onto white cardstock and then stamp the smaller cross in Cranberry.  It’s easy to line up because our stamps and blocks are clear.

Hav a fabulous Australia Day, remember to take lots of photos and make some pages of your traditions.

Keep Smiling,



This Moment – Girls night out


Here is the second layout for our Little Black Dress night.  It follows on from Friday’s post.  A large group of young women (I include myself here because I felt young that night) on the dance floor seem to spend more time taking photos of themselves than dancing!  Perhaps that is more a reflection on the quality of the music than the individuals.  Anyway, the result was a set of fun photos taken at awkward angles but filled with smiles.

This page features heartstrings papers, This Moment and You're the Bomb stamp sets.

This page features heartstrings papers, This Moment and You’re the Bomb stamp sets

The layout is based on Hocus Pocus, p56 of the Magic How To Book.  I liked the angles – they give more energy to the layout and reflect the feeling of the night.

The Stamp of the Month, This Moment (S1501), worked beautifully with the them.  I was really happy with my XOXO border.  I also used one word from the You’re the Bomb  (C1617) stamp set in my title.

This Moment, January 2015 Stamp of the Month. Yours for just $5 with a $75 order.

You’re the Bomb (C1617) – $3 US from the sale of each stamp set is donated to Operation Smile between now and March 31.











Keep smiling,



You’re The Bomb – Operation Smile Blog Hop


Blog BadgeOperation Smile is a private,  not for profit organisation providing reconstructive facial 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 (C1617). 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. Make your purchase before March 31st to ensure your donation.

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.  If you’ve arrived from Denise’s Blog you are in the right spot. Hop through to each consultant’s blog for some awesome ideas for using this stamp set.

I’ve used the stamp set within my journalling boxes on this layout of one of the smilingest evenings I had in 2013.

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If you would like further information and photos on my project and Operation Smile please continue reading,  Otherwise, pop over and see what Jenny from The Creative Heart has created by clicking here.

The blog hop is a loop with about 8 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.

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I love the positive words and the font used for them.  This was a very happy evening with my ‘neice’ – you know the ones you aren’t related too but they feel as close as family.  I chose these photos for the today’s blog hop because these girlies have gorgeous smiles and we take that a bit for granted.

I’ve used the Heartstrings Workshop on the Go Stamps (G1090), Heartstrings Papers (X7193B) and Heartstrings Complements (X7193C) on my layout.  It’s such a great pack for wedding related pages.

The beautiful doily frame was cut using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790).  I also added a bit of our new white shimmer trim either side of the zip strip accents.  This layout was inspired by the Crystal Ball Layout in the Magic How To Book (9040).

All it takes to correct one cleft lip or cleft palette in a third worl country is $275 AU donated to Operation Smile.  I hope you will support this valuable program by purchasing the You’re the Bomb (C1617)stamp set.  Visit your consultant’s website to place your order.

To read more about Operation Smile Australia click here.

If you haven’t done so yet, hop over and see what Jenny from The Creative Heart has created by clicking here. I’d love you to leave a comment before you go!

Keep Smiling,



Heartstrings Birthday Page


The Heartstrings Workshop on the Go (G1090) is a card making kit but I have used the stamps on lots of my album pages.  The sentiments blend with so many of life’s celebrations.  Today my pages are all about my sister’s birthday breakfast which we celebrated on our balcony in Riomaggiore on the Cinque Terra in Italy last year.  It was a very special experience!

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The layout is based on Card Trick from the Magic How To Book (9040).  It was very quick to make.

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I love the Hugs & Kisses stamp in the WOTG – Rhonda insists on REAL hugs and all the family gave her what she wanted.

Keep Smiling,


Year Noted – 2 cards


As mentioned yesterday, I made a couple of cards with the gorgeous Year Noted kit.  This kit is only available during January 2015.  It’s just $10 with a $75 order.  The kit  includes a C-size stamp set, gold foil stickers, cardstocks, and B&T Duos™ papers, valued at $37.  You can also add a Mini album for just $5 more – that’s $52 value for just $15!

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This card was quick and easy.  I used the arrow stamps from the Year Noted Stamp set for the background and the semi-circle banner.  The Scallop Border Punch added simple detail to the blue patterned paper and the gold heat embossed sentiment came from the Happy Birthday Australasia Stamp Set (D1597)


My second card took a bit more time but was lots of fun to make.  I cut the large starburst away from the rest of the stickers (keeping the paper backing in place) and ran it through my dry embossing machine using the Heart embossing folder (Z3018).  The bottom half of the card used the Floral embossing folder (Z1994).  A bit of gold shimmer behind the Triangle border punch and a gold heat embossed sentiment finished it off.

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Keep Smiling,




Year Noted – Oxfam High Tea Page


Have you had a look at the beautiful pages in this month’s CTMH special promotion?  Click here for details.  The soft orange, blue and yellow tones and subtle prints work so well for cards and pages.  I was surprised just how far this pack of papers and stickers will stretch.  I’ve created a double page layout and 2 cards and I’ve only used about half the pack.  Check back tomorrow to see the cards.  Today I’m sharing the pages I made.

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This layout is copied from Make It From the Heart Vol 1,Layout Six.   I have 4 extra 4″ x 6″ pahotos to add in flip flaps once this page is in my album.

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The subtle background was scraplifted from a page featured on the CTMH Facebook page last week.  Click here to check it out. The stamping is second generation.   The gold foil stickers blend beautifully with the papers.  I added an extra flag and a few extra dots to this cluster in the page corner.  The bows on the page are also stickers.

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The stamp set has a set of journalling lines and a strip of check boxes.  It was fun to journal this page as a checklist of key words rather than using sentences.  My tip would be to line the journal box up on your Versamat before stamping the lines and then yours will be evenly spaced.

The Year Noted kit can be yours for just $10 with a $75 order.  You can also opt for the $15 kit which includes a mini album.  These are limited edition items, available January 2015 only.  Place your order here.

Keep Smiling,