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,



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,




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

Aussie themed gift wrap


My husband is re-turning 21 tomorrow.  Seems like only yesterday he returned 21 last year!  I am excited to celebrate with him and our family but I’m also excited to have a reason to play with my NEW stamp set, Hoppy Birthday (D1597).  This is one of 5 sets of stamps released EXCLUSIVELY for Australia and New Zealand by Close To My Heart.  You can view all 5 sets by clicking here.

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I have a small gift for him… something he really wants but it’s just the one gift.  I wanted to make it look a bit special so decided to make my own gift wrap with a matching card.  I used a sheet of good quality copy paper as my base and wrapped the present so I could see the crease lines.  This meant I could centre the feature stamps on the top of the package when it is wrapped.

Gift wrap

I only coloured the one image on the top of the package so it really stands out.  I left the rest as outlines.

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My card was super quick to make using strips of washi tape and a triple mount for the stamped image.  Another couple of stamps on the envelope and the gift looks fab.  Have some fun with this idea – it would work nicely on plain gift bags too.