Comfort and Joy Australasian Blog Hop

Close To My Heart’s Comfort & Joy collection is available for purchase until the end of October 2020. View the range at

Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Comfort & Joy Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from Doris’ Blog, Creative Inspirations, you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop, simply read on and enjoy my creations.  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 several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Comfort & Joy collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Connect through Christmas Cards

This year, more than in recent times, we need to reach out to those we love.  Share kindness and let people know they are in our thoughts.  A handmade card posted for Christmas is a perfect way to do this. 

Close To My Heart’s Comfort & Joy collection is available for purchase until the end of October 2020. View the range at

I encourage you to get started early so your international cards are in the post in plenty of time to compensate for delays in delivery due to flight shortages.  A postcard I sent from Western Australia to the USA recently took 7 weeks to arrive!

Next up, set a Nov 30 deadline to have your cards for interstate Australian friends completed.  Cards between Perth and Melbourne are currently taking 14 days to arrive.  I’m sure this will blow out the closer we get to Christmas.

Close To My Heart’s Comfort & Joy collection is available for purchase until the end of October 2020. View the range at

Sending cards early also means your friends and family get to have them on display for longer – a regular reminder that you are thinking of them.

Close To My Heart’s Comfort & Joy collection is available for purchase until the end of October 2020. View the range at

Comfort & Joy Papers

The Comfort & Joy papers feature traditional Christmas colours mixed with some black.  There are subtle and bold patterns making them perfect for card making.

Use Make It From Your Heart Volume 4

This volume of How to Patterns is filled with card designs.  All the measurements are included and 2 examples of completed cards are shown for each pattern.  All 6 of today’s cards are made from these patterns, using the photos as inspiration.

Use stamps in different ways

Three stamp sets are combined to make these six cards.  Once I had one of each design made, it was easy to duplicate them to use up my full pack of paper, cardstock and glitter paper

Order your supplies

The Comfort & Joy collection is available, while stocks last, until the end of October, 2020.   You can order papers, co-ordinating cardstock, PML Cards and 2 stamp/thin cut sets individually.  There is also a card workshop kit and a scrapbooking workshop kit for those who enjoy more decorative layouts. Check your consultant’s website.  If you’re an Aussie without a consultant, come shop with me by clicking here.

Next up is Doreen’s blog, Scrapbooking and More . I’m sure you will enjoy her creativity.

 Happy Scrapping,

Products used in this project

9044 Make It From Your Heart Volume 4

X7261B Comfort & Joy Paper Pack

X7261C Comfort & Joy Co-ordinating Cardstock

Z3839 Scarlet Glitter Paper

X254 White Cards & Envelopes

D1976 Seasonal Borders Stamp Set

Z3772 Comfort & Joy Scrapbooking Stamps & Thin Cuts

D1962 Spooky Gnomes

Z4309 Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts (Dies)

Z4054 Gold Embellishing Thread

Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

Z3274 Clear Sparkles

Z2497 Dark Red TriBlend Marker

Z2474 Ice Grey TriBlend Marker

Z2498 Black TriBlend Marker

Z422 Black Shimmer Brush

Z4223 Red Shimmer Brush

Z3560 Golden Rod Stickles Glitter Gel

Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z6526 Scarlet Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

S1710 Christmas Tunes Australasian CTMH Blog Hop




Welcome to the October, 2017 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Maz’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 Christmas Tunes(S1710) stamp set which is October’s Stamp of the Month.CTMH Stamp of the Month Christmas Tunes (S1710) is availalbe during October, 2017 at

Like so many of you, I am a Christmas tragic.  I pin ideas for decorations and projects all year, I have made my own Christmas cards for decades and my collection of ornaments grow every year – I even bring them home from overseas travel!  A long held tradition in our family is watching the Melbourne Carols by Candlelight each Christmas Eve – mostly on TV but a few times we’ve been there in person.  This stamp set immediately puts me in that place – surrounded by smiling faces, candles glowing and amazing performers.

My offering today is inspiration for Christmas cards you can make in October so you are super organised 😊 I know we all have different amounts of crafting time and some of us like a clean and classic look while others like lots of bling – a bit like the frocks the performers wear at the Carols!

I have taken a classic card design for each stamp and made it twice – the first is quick and easy to make and the second is a little fancier.  You can choose the one that suits your style and available time the best.  Or you could give the fancy ones to friends who will appreciate your hard work and the simpler ones to those who may not. 😊

First up we have ‘O Holy Night’.  Cranberry & New England Ivy inks team nicely with the Beary Christmas paper.

Quick and easy version – stamp all 3 components on the same piece of cardstock.  Trim an even-ish curve around the wreath. 

Fancy Version – Stamp each component separately and fussy cut to highlight all the details.  Pop elements up on foam tape.  Add Gold Shimmer Pen to bow and holly leaves.  Add Red Gems.  The extra layer of White Daisy cardstock helps the image pop.

Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month for October 2017 - such a fun set to own. Plain or fancy? Order yours at

Next we have ‘White Christmas’.  Raspberry ink & cardstock create a fun contrast to  the Silver and Gold paper pack.

Quick and easy version – stamp image in Raspberry ink and add colour with Shin Han markers.

Fancy Version – Trim the background layer in to 3 pieces and use ribbon in place of cardstock for the horizontal strip.  Fussy cut the stamped image, add White & Gold Twine and use foam dots to pop it up.   Add Bashful Pearls to the image.Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month for October 2017 - such a fun set to own. Plain or fancy? Order yours at

 Let’s look at ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ next.   Fern ink complements the Beary Christmas paper.

Quick and easy version – Colour stars with Shin Han marker.

Fancy Version – Add Beary Christmas red dots and Bitty Sparkles to some of the stars.  Place a Gold Glitter Gem in the star at the top of the tree.  The extra layer of Cranberry cardstock helps the image and border to stand out.Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month for October 2017 - such a fun set to own. Plain or fancy? Order yours at

Finally, Baby It’s Cold Outside.   Sapphire cardstock provides a strong contrast to the Gold & Silver Paper Pack.  Crystal Blue ink gives the look of a snow globe.

Quick and easy version – Add Clear Shimmer brush to the inside of the globe and to the base.  Sorry the photos doesn’t show this very well.

Fancy Version – Add in Silver Glitter paper – stamp the snow globe onto scrap paper to create a template for cutting the base segment.  Add Bitty Sparkles and Clear Sparkles inside the globe.Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month for October 2017 - such a fun set to own. Plain or fancy? Order yours at

 What will you choose – classic or fancy cards?  Or will you try one of each?  I hope you enjoy creating them as much as I did

You will find a list of the products used on the layout at the end of this post.

Christmas Tunes(S1710) is only available during October, 2017.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like these ideas? Can you think of a few friends who would love to receive a hand made Christmas card this year? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’s Blog, Creative Inspirations, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’


Products used on this layout:

S1710Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month

X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Pack

X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Pack

Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

X5975 Cranberry Cardstock

X5974 Raspberry Cardstock

X5960 Fern Cardstock

x5967 Sapphire Cardstock

Shin Han Markers – Turquoise Blue, Cherry Pink, Vivid Green & Golden Yellow

Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush

Z3316 Gold Shimmer Brush

Z3369 Bashful Pearls

Z3274 Clear Sparkles

Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Z3090 Red Gems

Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

Z4014 White & Gold Twine

Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots

Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack

Z2850 Fern Ink

Z2835 New England Ivy Ink

Z2812 Raspberry Ink

Z2816 Cranberry  Ink

Z2817 Crystal Blue Ink



Magical Thin Cuts


Have you seen the new range of Thin Cuts in the CTMH Annual Inspirations Catalogue?  They are not linked to a stamp set and are super versatile for pages and cards.  Today I’m showcasing how good the Stars and Celebrate Thin Cuts look in Glitter paper.  I’m using up the last of my Magical papers.  This collection retires at the end of August.

magical thin cuts

When cutting Glitter paper  run it through your embossing machine twice.  Then the cuts pop out so easily.  If the shape or word does appear stuck in the frame of the thin cut, poke your piercing tool through one of the holes and it will come out.

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To make your cluster of stars stand out  stick them to the black star printed paper and fussy cut around them.  EZ-Dots tape runner can run it across the back of the thin cut and the adhesive shrinks away in the gaps.  A lot quicker than using the glue pen.

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This cluster shows what the star looks like without a backing.

A list of the products used for this project follows.  All items are available to order on my website

Happy Scrapping,


Products used in this layout:

A3239 Silver Glitter Paper

A3239 Silver Glitter Paper

D1700 Way To Go Stamp Set

D1700 Way To Go

X7209B Magical Papers

X7209B Magical Papers

Z3214 Magical Sequins

Z3214 magical Sequins

Z3261 Stars Thin Cuts

Z3261 Stars Thin Cuts

Z3265 Celebrate Thin Cuts

Z3265 Celebrate Thin Cuts