Mother’s Day


I hope all the mums had a great day yesterday.  Mine turned out to be just so lovely… my family are so supportive of me and made sure I didn’t have to do a thing all day (except eat and sip champagne).  I wanted to make this page while the memories were fresh so my journaling told the complete story.  I don’t usually type my journaling, preferring hand writing (warts & all) but there was quite a long story to tell.

Mothers Day

So, I chose a very simple layout, based on a card I’d seen by Kimberley Thomas on Pinterest.  This gave me lots of room for the story.  The paper is from  the Ivy Lane papers and the embossing pattern is the Quatrefoil folder.  The gold shimmer trim came from the Ivy Lane Card Making Kit.

I love the silhouette ladies in this Mothers Day stamp set (C1577).  I didn’t use the full length of the ladies, preferring the cameo look  on the ovals.  I know I will use the other sentiments from this set on pages about my daughter and in my Book of Me when I get to the pages about my relationship with mum.

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.

feathers card

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’



CTMH Stamp of the Month: Balloon Talk S1404A Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to the Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop for April’s Stamp of the Month. If you have arrived here from Artymaz’s Inky Fingers 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.

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This stamp set is a must have in your kit.  The generic sayings will fit with any project or page you are making.  Don’t want a speech bubble? Simply mask the tail before stamping


My Page today is based on the layout shown on page 13 of  the Close To My Heart Feb-Jul Idea Book.  I changed it up a little to fit 4, 3″ x 4″ photos.  I used Ivy Lane papers and co-ordinating inks. Alcohol markers were perfect for adding the dots around the central shape… it helped frame it.  I really liked the look of daubing in multiple colours around the edge of the central photo mount.

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This couple are very dear to my heart and I was lucky enough to get my hands on some pre-wedding snaps by their photographer, Julian Masters:  Julian is based in Perth, West Australia and took gorgeous photos of the big day too.

The April Stamp of the Month, Balloon Talk S1404A, is available exclusively throughout April for $24 AU or for just $5 AU when you spend $75 AU.  This month you can DOUBLE DIP too!


Your $75AU spend ALSO gives you the option to add the Exclusive Free To Be Me Paper pack for just $5AU.  This pack is only available during April and May.  It’s the one we’ll be playing with at my National Scrapbook Day event in May.  Get yours early!

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Savannah Scraps

Artiste Butterflies


Perth has an urban orchard, right in the heart of the city.  Raised beds showcase herbs, vegetables and fruit trees.  It’s right beside the art gallery and we always take a wander through this garden when we are visiting this part of the city.  Mike is a keen gardener and we both love the colour and texture that comes from food producing plants.  We love photographing everyday stuff like this – it will be a ‘snapshot in time’ for our grandkids.

Urban orchard

The page is made up of 3 bands of 4″ x 12″ cardstock in Bamboo, Sorbet and Barn Red.  The joins between the colours are concealed behind two zip strips from Ivy Lane Papers.  I cut 3 butterflies from the Sorbet Cardstock using the Artiste Cartridge on my Cricut.  The central butterfly had her wings daubed with barn red and the other two flew off to the edges of the page.  I placed a strip of patterned paper from Ivy Lane behind the cut-outs.  The negative spaces were perfect places for a title and journaling.

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I trimmed a little off the wings of the butterflies at page edge to make it feel like they were about to fly away!

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Ivy Lane is my featured collection throughout April.  Book into a class and have some fun with this gorgeous paper pack.  Email me at for a class timetable.

Happy Scrappin’