Close to My Heart Scandinavian Wishes Stamp of the Month

Hello again.

It is that time of the week again for another post and I have gone back to Split Coast Stampers to get some more inspiration for a card.  There are so many great tutorials there that it is going to take me quite a while to go through them all.  I am enjoying the challenge of stretching myself to do something different every week.

This week I have done a side spring card and the link to the tutorial is here:

I have discovered that it is a lot easier to practice with scrap paper first, otherwise a lot of cardstock can be wasted.  It took me some time to work it out, but once I did it did not take me long to complete the card.

I have used the Close to My Heart Scandinavian Wishes Stamp of the Month set.  This is a very cute and whimsical stamp set and a lot of the stamps will be really useful for other occasions – like the heart is going to be really good for Valentine’s Day.  This stamp set is only $5 when you spend $75.  You only have a few days left to purchase this gorgeous stamp set so be in quick to get your order here.

Here is my card:

Side Spring  card using CTMH Shine and Sparkle set and Scandinavian Wishes SOTM


Materials used:

Daisy White Cardstock

Ruby Cardstock

Ruby Ink

Sparkle and Shine paper

Cricut – Art Philosophy cartridge

My Acrylix Scandinavian Wishes Stamp set

White Bakers Twine

Tombow adhesive

Liquid Glass adhesive.

I have cut out the heart according to the size of the stamp – 2 inches and then for the background heart in ruby cardstock I have cut it at 2.25 inches.

I am loving the Sparkle and Shine papers from the Holidays from the Heart Catalogue as they are beautiful colours and have a lovely sheen to them.  The photo does not do justice to the beautiful silver coloured paper.



I hope that you enjoy my latest efforts and I would love to see what you can do with this card.

Now I have to put my thinking cap on again as we have another blog hop coming up for next month’s Stamp of the Month set – Illuminate.  I was really impressed with all the participants entries and it was very impressive going through all the blogs.  CTMH really does make it easy to be so creative and inventive.

Happy Crafting.

Tutorial for a 6″ x 4 1/4″ Double Side Step Card.

Hello again

I have been overwhelmed by requests for instructions on how to do a double side step card for a 6″ x 4 1/4″ size.  The instructions I had given in yesterday’s post was for a 5″ x 7″ card which is great if you want to give a card personally, but here in New Zealand you have to pay twice for postage for an oversized card.  Plus most of the envelopes I use are for the smaller size.

For this tutorial I have just used a piece of paper to keep as a template for future use, which I found is very useful, especially for scoring and cutting lines.  You can lay it over the cardstock to help you with scoring and folding.

Here is the finished template with measurements.  Sorry this is all handwritten as I am not familiar with using word to draw diagrams and also I wanted to get this post out quickly.  I hope you find this easy to read and use.  Let me know if there are any problems.

Double side step card instructionsNow for the step by step instructions:

1) Cut a piece of paper/cardstock to 8 1/2″ x 6 ”

Double side step card instructions2) Using the ruler on your trimmer if you have one (or measure with ruler and pencil, and then cut with a sharp craft knife ) cut in 1 1/2 inches in from the long edge of the cardstock from 1″  to 7 1/2 inches along the 8 1/2 inch edge.

Double side step card instructions Double side step card instructions3) Turn the paper/cardstock around and do the same on the other side.

Double side step card instructions Double side step card instructions4)  Using a scoring product (I have used a ScorPal) or measure with a pencil and ruler score the first line between the cut edges at 1″ from the left.

Double side step card instructions5)  Score the next line at 1 3/4′ from the left side.

Double side step card instructions6)  Score the next line at 3 1/2″ from the left.

Double side step card instructions7)  Score the entire paper/cardstock at 4 1/4″ as this is the centre fold of the card.

Double side step card instructions8)  The final scoring line is at 5 3/4 from the left side.

Double side step card instructions9)  Now start folding the crease lines from left to right.  I have used the terms ‘valley’ and ‘mountain’ to describe a fold going up or down.  The first fold is a ‘mountain’ fold which appears to rise up towards you.

Double side step card instructions

10)  The second fold is a ‘valley’ fold.  That is the fold goes down away from you.

Double side step card instructions11)  The third fold is another ‘mountain’ fold to create a v-shape.

Double Sided Step Card12)  The fourth fold is a ‘valley’ fold.

Double Sided Step Card13)  The final fold is a ‘mountain’ fold

Double Sided Step Card14)  Finally fold the center folds of the outside pieces as a ‘mountain’ and there you have a double side step card.




Double side step card instructions


When I matted the cardstock and papers I trimmed down by either 1/4 or 1/8th inches on the short and long sides to create a nice even trim.  For further information about how I have done this please click here.

I hope that these instructions are easy to follow and I look forward to seeing what people can make with these instructions on Facebook.

Happy Crafting.











CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our first Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.  If you have arrived here from Sharyn’s Blog then you are in the right place.  If you landed here by accident, no problem please join in following the link at the end of this post.

Today I would like to share some of the fabulous products from the Holidays with Heart Gift Guide live now through December 31st.

My creation is double sided step card which was very easy to do, except that I made the card smaller than the original design which I got from  The original was a 5 x 7 inch card and I wanted to make a 4 x 6 inch card so  I played around with some scrap paper first to get the dimensions right.  I was then able to cut into the cardstock and use my paper pattern which meant less mistakes and wasted cardstock.  If you would like the dimensions please leave a comment below and I will look at posting them at another date. I have stamped the Santa images using Ruby ink and then fussy cut them out and adhered them using foam tape to make them stand out.   They are sooo cute.

CTMH  Sparkle and Shine Christmas CardMaterials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Slate, Ruby

Sparkle and Shine paper

Clear sparkles

Stamp sets – Workshops on the Go Sparkle and Shine, Santa Claus

Bakers twine – grey

Cricut Cartridge – Art Philosophy

All the products in the Holidays with Heart Gift Guide are available through December 31st from your CTMH consultant while stocks last.  Some items are in short supply so order early to avoid disappointment.  Orders totaling over $150 during the promotion can choose one starred item from The Holidays with Heart Gift Guide for free so it is an ideal time to purchase one of our Cricut Collections or our ink and marker organiser.

I hope you have enjoyed my creation and please check out what Monika has done on her blog A Sprinkle of Glitter.  I love the name of her blog and I can’t wait to see what she has done as well.

Happy Crafting



Side Step Chantilly Card

Hi there.

Welcome to all my new followers and I hope that you find my blog interesting and inspiring.  And thank you for the lovely comments and likes as well.

I did promise in my last post that I would be featuring a Christmas card, but unfortunately, my order has been held up and I have had to resort to using the last of my Chantilly stash to create this post.  However, I am hoping to be participating in the first Australasian CTMH blog hop featuring the new Holidays with Heart products next weekend, which  I am really excited about  and I can’t wait to see what we all make.  So next week, NZ customs (?) permitting, I should be able to do a Christmas card featuring these lovely new papers and embellishments.

This week I have done a side step card with the instructions from a different source.  Splitcoaststampers have a loads of tutorials covering lots of different techniques.  Here is the link:

This card is very easy to make with only one cut and several scoring lines to create the card.  I am really pleased with how it turned out and here it is:

Side step card. Side step card.


The materials used are all CTMH products:

Colonial White cardstock

Cotton Candy cardstock

Chantilly papers

Outdoor Denim ink

Alcohol Markers – Pear and Cotton Candy

My Acrylix stamp sets – Card Chatter – Sympathy, You are My Happy, Card Word Puzzle

Clear sparkles – coloured green with the Pear alcohol markers

3 D Foam tape

Non-Stick Micro Tip Scissors

Fiskars Deluxe Surecut Craft Paper Trimmer

Tombow adhesive

I love using the clear stamps as it is so easy to place the image where you want it.  For the green leaves on the face of the card I have used the small leaf from the Card Word Puzzle stamp and stamped it several times to create the look of a larger stamp.

For the matting I have trimmed each layer down by 1/4 inch each side – see my Cardmaking 101 how to do this.

The flowers have been fussy cut using the scissors and coloured in with the alcohol inks which I am really enjoying using.  I have also used 3 D foam tape on one of the flowers to create more dimension  and depth with the flowers.

I hope I have inspired you to try something different with your cardmaking.

Happy Crafting



Cardmaking 101

Welcome back

I apologise for being tardy with this blog post but Make Shift is now open and looking fabulous, even better than I had imagined.

As promised today’s post is cardmaking 101.  While I have been making paper crafting for many years using a lot of different techniques, including stamping,  I have become aware that a lot of the new Close to My Heart Consultants in New Zealand are more familiar with scrapbooking and have never done any cards or stamping.  So after talking to a fellow CTMH consultant I decided to do this basic cardmaking tutorial for her and them.  This is  a really basic card layout that I tend to go back to when I need  a card in a hurry, or I am lacking some imagination that day to make something different.  I also love mixing and matching coloured paper and cardstock and of course CTMH make it so easy.

Here is the finished card we will be making:

Mount onto base card and embellish as desired

The basic materials required for cardmaking are:

Basic tools for cardmaking as well as the cutter

A good cutting trimmer – I have now got the new Fiskars Surecut Paper Trimmer and I have found it to be really good.  The markings are very clear and the wire line is great for lining up for accurate cuts.  It is also much easier using inches rather than centimetres as it is easier using 1/8’s of inches instead of 10 mms or 20 mms.  Plus most of the materials we use are in inches.

Fiskars cutter close up of the markings to use when cutting paper and cardstock

Adhesive – I love using tape runners as they are so easy to use and have less mess.  Sometimes my hands are very sore and the tape runners mean I can still make at least one card.  I am loving the Tombow adhesives from CTMH as you can still reposition if you are quick but it gives a good ‘fix’ as well.  The Memory Book Glue Dots are also great to use to place your embellishments on your card – they come in two sizes to suit the size of the embellishments.  And the Liquid Glass is excellent for gluing things really quickly – it was excellent for rolling up flowers and giving a lovely finish.

A sharp pair of scissors.  Sometimes you need to trim or fussy cut (by fussy cutting I mean to trim close to the edge of an image) and a good sharp pair of scissors means you end up with a nice clean cut.  The Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors from CTMH are excellent and I don’t get sticky ends of tape etc on the ends which makes it so much easier to cut.

Inks – I love the CTMH ink pads as they do not go dry very quickly and give a great impression.

Stamp scrubber and spritz cleaner – I use this after every stamping.  A quick spray of the spritz on the scrubber is all you need to keep your stamps clean and at the end of the day I rinse with warm water to keep the scrubber clean for the next session.  Always clean your stamps after each use.

Stamps – I have said this before but I am loving the My Acrylix stamps as they are so great and easy to use.  I have always preferred clear stamps as I can see where I am going and I find that I am not making so many mistakes that I have to cover up.

Anyway lets start making a card!

1) Cut a piece of 6 x 12 cardstock out of a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock.

Cutting one 12 x 12 piece of cardstock inton 2 6 x 12 inch pieces

2) Then on the long side of the cut piece cut at 8 inches

Trim the card down to 8 inches to make a single card


3)  Score this piece at 4 inches to give you a 6 x 4 card base.

Score the card at 4 inches to create your 6 x 4 card base


You will end up with 2 cards out of the one 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock with some card left over to stamp images on.  We now have base cards and envelopes available through CTMH but this is still useful if you want a coloured base card.  You can also get 3 cards out of one 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock and the instructions are on this blog:×12-base.html

Two 6 x 4 card basesIt is really important to remember the dimensions of your card base as it make it a lot easier to trim down other papers and cardstock and keep the matting even.  I used to use a pencil and my eye but using a good trimmer like the Fiskars one makes it quicker and easier – especially when I don’t have to keep searching for my pencil.

Place the card to one side to keep it clean while you work on the decoration of the card – especially keep it away from ink pads and other dirty items.  (I am just saying this out of experience – lol).

3) Trim a piece of coloured cardstock to 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 – this will give you a 1/4 inch margin on the base card.

Trim long end to 5 12 inches Trim coloured cardstock to 3 12 inches by 12 inches


3) Trim a piece of patterned paper to 3 inches x 5 inches – once again leaving a 1/2 inch margin for your matting.  Here I have cut the patterned paper in half prior to putting on the coloured cardstock.

Trim a piece of patterned paper to 5 inches x 3 inches. Here I have also cut th


4) Adhere the patterned paper on the coloured cardstock.  You can use a mat with lines on it to help you line up your paper and get it straight.  Adhere the papers onto the coloured cardstock

5) Cut a strip of the patterned paper to 1/2 inch by 3 1/2 inches (here I have used a piece of scrap paper to get this strip – I never throw out useful pieces of paper.

Trim a piece of coordinating paper to 12 inch x 3 12 inches

6) Cut a strip of coloured cardstock 1 x 3 1/3 to mat the patterned paper on.

Trim a piece of coloured cardstock to 1 inch x 3 12 inches


7)  Adhere the patterned paper onto the coloured cardstock and then adhere this strip over the join in the paper.  I have placed the strip lower down so I have space for my stamped sentiment on the top of the card.

Adhere the patterned piece into the centre of the coloured cardstock and then pl8)  Cut a small piece of the base cardstock to 2 inches x 1 1/2 inches.  Here I have used the stamp to help measure up exactly how much I need.

Work out how much white cardstock you will need by measuring out on the cutter.9)  Stamp your image onto the piece of card.

Stamp your image on the card The stamped image10)  Cut a mat 1 3/4 x 2 1/4 for this stamped image out of the coloured cardstock.  For this matting there is only 1/8 inch trim.  Adhere the stamped image on the coloured mat.Mount the stamped card onto the coloured cardstock

11)  Adhere the matted sentiment on the top half of the card.

Adhere to the top of the card12)  Finally finish off the card with any embellishment that you think is suitable.  Remember though that less is more.  Once again here is the finished card.

Mount onto base card and embellish as desiredI hope that this tutorial is useful for you and that it gives you some inspiration to make your own cards with your own twists.  I look forward to seeing some of them on Facebook.

Materials I have used are:

CTMH Chantilly paper

CTMH Chantilly complements

CTMH You are My Happy Stamp set

CTMH Cranberry ink

CTMH Daisy White Cardstock

CTMH Sunset Cardstock

Fiskers Surecut Personal Trimmer

Tombow adhesive

Memory Book Glue Dots

I am going to look at doing another type of architectural card (probably a Christmas one – eek Christmas is not far away!) for my next post so watch this space…  Always good to challenge myself further.

Happy Crafting