Gingerbread Friends Brooch


Last night 13 of my team and I attended the state launch event for Seasonal Expressions 1.  That’s our New Year’s catalogue which is filled with awesomeness you are going to love.  BUT… I’m sworn to secrecy and can’t share anything yet.  I’m such a tease, aren’t I?

This post is about the Christmas brooches I made for each team member who attended.  I adore the Gingerbread Friends stamp and Thin Cuts set.  You can dress these cuties up in many ways.

CTMH Gingerbread Friends (Z3378) - purchase yours at stamped the Gingerbread girl onto Almond cardstock using Toffee and Cranberry ink.  The tiara comes from the Quinceanera stamp set which can be found in the International stamps on my website.   It was heat embossed with Silver and trimmed a little to fit the Ginger’s head.  Why a tiara?  Because my team are the Dazzling Duchesses 🙂

Add the Gingerbread Girl to a Daisy White and a Red Glitter tag and finish with a brooch pin.  The largest of the Basic Banners Thin Cuts was the perfect size. Super quick to make and a fun gift.

Banner Die cuts are super versatile. Order yours at you use Cranberry cardstock instead of the glitter, they make great gift tags.

CTMH Gingerbread Friends (D1743). Order yours at

View more ideas for using these cuties on my Handmade Cards Pinterest board.  Click here to open it.

The Gingerbread Friends stamps and thin cuts are available until Dec 31, 2017.  Order today to avoid disappointment.

Happy Crafting,


Products used 

Z3378 Gingerbread Friends Stamp & Thin Cuts Bundle

B1580 Quinceanera Stamp Set

Z3345 Basic Banners Thin Cuts

Z3231 Red Glitter Paper

X5975 Cranberry Cardstock

X5949 Almond Cardstock

1385 Daisy White Cardstock

Z2828 Toffee Ink

Z2816 Cranberry Ink

Z891 Versamark Ink

Z2067 Silver Embossing Powder


Silver & Gold CTMH Australasian Blog Hop



Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Silver & Gold Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some amazing and talented women from across Australia.  If you arrived from  Tanya’s blog  you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on, enjoy my creations and maybe share some love in the comments. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see lots of different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Silver & Gold collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.
CTMH Silver & Gold Workshop Kit - it's just so elegant. Purchase yours at
The Silver & Gold collection is available until the end of December 2017.  Buy it as a  full kit or purchase individual items.

CTMH Silver & Gold Workshop Your Way is perfect for Christmas Market photos Who can resist a bit of bling?
Today I am sharing a layout featuring photos from our time at the Nurnberg Christmas Markets last year.  If you ever have the opportunity to visit, GO!!!  It’s a sensory overload of Christmas goodness.  Be sure to take an empty suitcase with you so you can shop to your heart’s content.

CTMH Silver & Gold Workshop Your Way is perfect for Christmas Market photos Add Flip Flaps so you can include ALL the photos you take.

The layout is based in Pattern 24 in Make It From Your Heart, Vol 3.  I added the Poppy photo mats because they helped my photos stand out on the page.  Using 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps on the RH page gave me space for 4 extra photos.  No need for a second layout now.

CTMH Silver & Gold Workshop Your Way is perfect for Christmas Market photos Who can resist a bit of shimmer trim?

All the stickers on the layout come from the Complements pack.  These were left over once I’d complete the 3 layouts that come with the kit.  Shimmer trim and gold dots helped my title pop on the page and the White & Gold twine blended perfectly with the collection.

CTMH Silver & Gold Workshop Your Way is perfect for Christmas Market photos Make your journal box an integral part of the page design.

Using the Cut Apart PML cards that come with the kit is the easiest way to incorporate smaller patterned pieces into your layout.  This element makes the journaling an integral part of the overall design.  I’m a firm believer in telling the story and leaving enough room for some details.

The Silver & Gold collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant.  A list of products used in my projects appears at the end of this post.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, you can order online through my website .
I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Doreen’s Blog , Scrapping and More with Doreen to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you. Doreen always has something special to share with us.
Happy Scrapping,
Products used in these projects
G1138 Silver & Gold Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way

Z4014 White & Gold Twine

Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim

Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

Z3231 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps

X5963 Poppy Cardstock

S1711 Through The Year CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop



Welcome to the November, 2017 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Tanya’s blog, you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and hopping until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Through the Year (S1711) stamp set which is November’s Stamp of the Month.


This is a must have stamp set for a few reasons:

  1. There is a VERY cool calendar kit coming next month which uses it and you will kick yourself if you have to pay full price for the stamps in December.
  2. Having the months of the year in a fun font makes it easy to add information to pages to help remember when the photos were taken.
  3. The small illustrations are super cute.  You can add them to journaling, titles, borders and cards.

My first project today is a scrapbook layout using Cats & Bats papers.  The emerald dots paper is just divine!  We were travelling through Carnarvon in Western Australia and came across these gorgeous knitted tree scarves.  I love handcrafts being exhibited anywhere but in the street is so fabulous because everyone can enjoy it.

Create whimsical decorations for your pages using S1711 Through the Year stamps by Close To My Heart.

Once the papers were down I used the small leaf from the stamp set to create the top border.  Mount it on a 1″ block and align the LH edge of the block with the inch marks on a ruler to make the spacing even.  I also used the horizontal line engraved on Close To My Heart Blocks to line up with the top of the spotted zip strip.  This helped keep my line of leaves level. (That’s a tongue twister of a sentence for sure!)

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017

Creating a tab with the month stamped on it is easy.  All you need is a scrap of paper and your corner rounder.

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017

A flurry of circles sweeps across the layout.  These were cut with the Basic Circle Thin cuts and scraps of paper.  I used silver foil paper but it looks gold in this photo.  Stamp a few icons on the circles and add some colourful dots for fun.

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017

My second project is to help you organise your printed photos.  Photos for the year I am scrapbooking are stored in a medium organiser (pull out one of the dividers) and I had all sorts of odd shaped scraps as dividers.  Now I have a professional looking system to separate the months and then divide the photos in bundles for layouts.

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017

The month dividers are cut 6″ x 4 1/2″ with top two corners rounded.  I offset the stamping of the months to make them easier to see once they were in the organiser.  The numbers are cut 3″ x 4 1/2″ and could be used for the days of the month if you had an extremely busy month of photo taking.  I use mine to separate groups of photos for layouts.  This way I can easily pull out the next bundle and be scrapping quickly.


Finally, here’s a look at how gorgeous the stamps are on a calendar.  I love those little icons that I can match to my events.  I’m being optimistic that we will have a couple of days sunshine in Melbourne!!!

S1711 Through the Year CTMH stamp of the month available Nov 2017

Your consultant will be sharing a fabulous calendar project with you for December- you are going to love it.

Through the Year (S1711) is only available to purchase for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order during November, 2017.  Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Can you see yourself trying one of these projects?  I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doreen’s Blog, Scrapping and More with Doreen, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’


Products used on these projects:

S1711 Through the Year Stamp of the Month

Page Layout

X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Pack

Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots

Z3366 Silver Foil Paper Pack

X5948 Heather cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

1386 Black Cardstock

Z1912 Corner Rounder

Z3318 Basic Circle Thin Cuts

Z899 Black Memento Ink

X5974 Raspberry Ink

X5970 Willow Ink

X5971 Lemon Ink

X5969 Emerald Ink

Photo Dividers

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

Z899 Black Memento Ink

Z3396 Aluminium Rail Cut Trimmer

Calendar Page

Z3184 My Creations Calendar

Z2825 Mink Ink

Z2895 Lagoon Ink

Z2812 Raspberry Ink

Z2808 Lemon Ink

Z2817 Crystal Blue Ink