A Sad Farewell to Chantilly by Close to My Heart

Welcome back

Firstly I would like to apologise for not following other blogs and commenting on them as much as I would like but I have been very busy.  Earlier last year I told you about setting up Make Shift, well that unfortunately has popped down, so I have started up my own shop called Craft Hutt.  This is also an art and craft collective that focuses on selling hand crafted NZ made goodies.  Craft Hutt is still in it’s infancy so needs a lot of TLC to get established and I have been quite busy with manning the shop plus doing all my own crafting.   Once things settle down I will be keeping up with all that is happening around the world.  In the meantime check us out on Facebook.com/CraftHutt for all the latest news and information.

For this weeks post I have been doing some layouts using the last of my beautiful Chantilly papers.  This lovely paper is no longer available, but I am eagerly awaiting a delivery of the gorgeous new papers coming in the next catalogue.  I love using the Made it From Your Heart books Volumes 1 and 2 as it is quick and easy to make a fabulous 2 page layout.  All you need to do is sort out your photos.   I have left the photo mats blank as I am uncomfortable about putting photos of my family on the internet.

CTMH Chantilly double page layout

For this layout I have used the recipe from page 12 of the Volume 2 book.  This layout was also featured in the Laughing Lola WOTG and I love it as it is so easy to use either landscape or portrait photos.  I have distressed all the edges except for the white photo mats with Desert Sand ink and the flowers and leaves are from the Cricut Artiste and Art Philosophy cartridges.  I still have space to do some titles and I can use one of the photo mats for journalling as well.  I love the simplicity of the colour scheme, especially with the little pop of pink with the Hollyhock cardstock.

CTMH Chantilly Double page layoutFor this layout I have used the recipe from page 24 of the Volume 2 book.   I have cut out some flowers and birds from the patterned paper and adhered them to the page and also used the Just for You (B1398) stamp set to make a flower embellishment. The journalling shape has been cut out using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  For this layout I have not distressed the edges to keep it crisp and clean.  As you can see there is still some finishing to do with titles etc but that can wait until the photos are in place first.

These layouts did not take very long and yet are very effective.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Hollyhock, Twilight, Pear, Colonial White, White Daisy, Buttercup, Topiary, Desert Sand

Ink – Outdoor Denim, Desert Sand, Buttercup, Pear, Cotton Candy

Chantilly paper pack

Chantilly complements

Cricut Cartridge – Artiste, Art Philosophy

Stamp set – Just for You (B1398)

As I said before I am looking forward to getting my next order with a whole lot of new products from the next catalogue.  I am hoping to participate in a couple of blog hops to showcase the new items so watch this space…

I would like to remind people that there is only a few days left for purchasing any retiring items so please don’t delay and order your items now as these are available while stocks last only.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting


CTMH Bugs and Hugs Pop-Up Card

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This week I have decided to do something different with the Laughing Lola papers from CTMH.  This is quite a change from my usual pastels and pinks and I have always wanted a bugs and butterfly stamp set and this set is really cute and whimsical.  Unfortunately, this set is on the retiring list and will no longer be available at the end of the month so you will need to be in quick.

I have made up this design based on some books that I got out of the library many years ago.  I wanted to create the effect of a garden with butterflies and bees using a pop up technique and the Laughing Lola papers were a good match as they have lovely flowers and flourishes.

the front  of the card The middle of the card all finishedNormally I make up a card as I go along, but this time I played around with plain paper first to get my measurements correct and the right effect with the pop up.  Here is my prototype:

The prototypeAs you can see I have change the sentiment but I still have the general effect that I wanted.

For the base card I have used a piece of 12 x 12 Indian Corn Blue cardstock and cut it to make a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card.  This was distressed with Desert Sand ink.  For the front of the card I have then cut a piece of Colonial White cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″ and distressed it with Desert Sand ink.  I then cut out a piece of Laughing Lola patterned paper to try and get the flower and a flourish to allow me to add a bee on it 3 3/4″ x 5″.  This was also distressed with Desert Sand ink.

CTMH Laughing Lola with Bugs and HugsThese were put together.  I then added a clear flower onto centre of the flower and then stamped the bee image onto the Laughing Lola Gold cardstock and then fussy cut out the bee and using foam tape adhered it to the flower.  The sentiment is from Card Chatter – Birthday Wishes and was stamped onto Colonial White Cardstock.  After distressing with Desert Sand ink I then placed it on the card front and finished it with some black sparkle from the Black and Grey Sparkles assortment.

For the inside I have cut a piece of Colonial White cardstock 5 1/4″ x 8 “.  I had a strip of Laughing Lola paper to break the creamy white expanse and then cut it to fit the length of the Colonial White cardstock.   I scored the card in the middle and then folded it with the patterned paper in the inside. On the outside I measured in from the edge and cut three lines on each end of the card as indicated on the photo below.  You can vary the length of these cuts to suit your project.  I found that the longer cuts were better on the inside rather than the outside.

Cuts to create the pop up

I then used my trimmer to score the fold lines to help make it easier to fold the creases.

Scoring the edges for foldingHere is the cards with the cuts and creases done ready to crease.

The lines cut and scoredHere I have taken several angles to show how I have folded this card.

Side view of the folds

the back view of the folds

The front of the inner with all the folds and the patterned paper stripI then stamped several images using Black ink on various coloured cardstock (see list below in the materils used) and then fussy cut them out ready to embellish the card.

The stamped embellishmentsFor the grass edging I have used the paper piecing technique again to add a little colour to the mushrooms and toadstools and used my alcohol markers to colour in the flowers.   The pieces were distressed with Desert Sand ink to add some dimension to the image and then glued to the base image.  I then glued the caterpillar on top of the leaves and toadstools.

The caterpiller on the grassFor the butterflies to stand up and away from the grass I have cut a couple of small strips and adhered them to the butterflies.  These were distressed with Desert Sand ink. (A good alternative to use would be acetate but I didn’t have any).

Butterflies on long pieces of cardI then adhered these strips to the narrow pop ups on the outside.

the butterflies being glued onto the foldThe grass and caterpillar image was then adhered to the front of the larger fold.  I had to use the long strips to stop the butterflies from being squashed when the card is folded.

The grass and caterpillar glued to the front of the middle foldI have popped a couple of little ladybirds that I have stamped with Black ink on Ruby cardstock on to finish the garden effect and also to hide the long strip on the left.

To complete the inner card I cut out two pieces of Colonial White Cardstock – one  at 3 1/2″ x 1 2/8 ” and stamped the butterfly sentiment on it and the other one at 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and stamped the Bugs and Hugs sentiment on it.  Both pieces of card were distressed and adhered to the inner card.  I have finished off by adding some black sparkles on the butterfly sentiment.

Here is the finished inner again.

The middle of the card all finishedAnd here are some close up of the embellishments.

Close up Close up of the grass and caterpillar Close upMaterials used are all CTMH:

Cardstock – Colonial White, Ruby, Laughing Lola Gold, Laughing Lola Purple, Olive, Desert Sand, Gypsy, Indian Corn Blue (The Laughing Lola Gold and Lauging Lola Purple cardstock is available only with the WOTG sets which is also retiring, but the paper pack will still be available for this Ideas Book.

Laughing Lola paper pack

Ink – Black, Desert Sand

Alcohol Markers – Cotton Candy, Buttercup

Stamp Set – Bugs and Hugs (D1535), Card Chatter – Birthday (D1475) – both are on the retiring list

Clear flower

Sparkles – Black and Grey assortment.

I can’t believe how quickly I have learnt the names of all the colours from the CTMH range.  They are beautiful and coordinate so well.

I have just had a sneak peak at the new Ideas Book due to come out next week and it looks really exciting.  I can’t wait to get my hands on the new embossing folders and the papers are soooo beautiful.  Watch this space…

I hope that everyone has a good week and are keeping warm or cool and safe wherever you are in the world.

Happy Crafting


CTMH Paper Doll Cards Using Paper Piecing


I would like to pass on my best wishes to all my Facebook and blogging friends who are experiencing extreme weather conditions at the moment.  I hope you are all keeping well and safe in either the extreme heat or the very very cold weather.

For my post today I have used the gorgeous Paper Doll (D1547) stamp set which takes me back to my childhood.  I loved playing with paper dolls and dressing them up with different clothes and this stamp set is so cute and it is almost like what I had as a child.  The good news is that this stamp set is still going to be available in the new product guide coming next month.

I have used a paper piecing technique to create the clothes as well as some colouring in with my alcohol markers.  Splitcoaststampers have a tutorial on paper piecing and you can find it on this link.

For these little girls I have stamped the image of the girl on White Daisy cardstock and then I have stamped the outfits onto the some scrap White Daisy cardstock to have a base for the patterned papers.  These images have been fussy cut out carefully.

I have used Chantilly papers to create a lovely combination of clothes for my little girl and as it is already so beautifully coordinated it was easy to do.  Unfortunately, the Chantilly papers will not be continued with the next product guide.  However, I have seen the new Product Guide and I love the new papers coming out.  Watch this space…

CTMH - Paper Doll stamp set - Paper piercing

For this card I have stamped the top onto a piece of yellow patterned paper and then fussy cut it out and adhered it to the base outfit.  And for the pants I have used my Pear alcohol markers to colour in the pants and the Cotton Candy alcohol markers for colouring in the bag etc.  I then used the little tags to glue the outfit onto the base girl image.  The hair has been coloured in using Buttercup alcohol markers.  The hat has made by stamping the hat image onto Desert Sand cardstock and then fussy cut.  I have coloured the flowers using the above alcohol markers and using a craft knife I have cut along the edge of the hat to allow me to place it on the head of the girl.

To complete the card I have embossed the Cotton Candy cardstock with my Swiss Dots embossing folder from Cuttlebug and  stamped the cross stitch from the Stitch Wonder stamp set onto the Buttercup card and adhered it to the base card stock.  I have used scrap yellow patterned paper to make some ribbons and finished off by stamping the sentiment from the You are My Happy stamp set onto a piece of White Daisy cardstock.

CTMH - Paper Doll Stamp set - Paper Piercing CTMH Paper Doll stamp set - Paper piercing

On the bottom two cards for the dresses I have stamped onto the pink patterned paper and then carefully cut out just the dress and using my Bonded Memories glue stick adhered it onto the base of the clothes.  I then stamped the same image onto the green paper for the pants and again cut out the pants carefully and adhered them onto the base with my glue stick.  I have used my Cotton Candy and Pear alcohol markers to colour in the flowers on one of the dresses.   I then used the little tags to glue the outfit onto the base girl image.The hair has been coloured in using Buttercup alcohol markers.  The hat has made by stamping the hat image onto Desert Sand cardstock and then fussy cut.  I have coloured the flowers using the above alcohol markers and using a craft knife I have cut along the edge of the hat to allow me to place it on the head of the girl.  For the head band I have stamped the image of the head band onto Cotton Candy

For a touch of whimsy I have used the grass from the Bugs and Hugs stamp set which looks quite cute and gives a background for the girl to stand on in the middle card.

On the bottom card I have stamped the lemon image onto Buttercup cardstock and then fussy cut them and then halved them to make the border.

For both cards I have stamped the image of the sign onto Desert Sand cardstock and cut it out and adhered it to the card. 

I love the sentiments with this stamp set and for the bottom two cards I have used Outdoor Denim ink to stamp the sentiments on White Daisy cardstock and trimmed them to fit and matted them with Pear cardstock.

To complete the cards I have added a touch of bling with the clear sparkles and epoxy bubbles.

This technique helps to create a little three dimensional feel to the girls and the girls really look like they are about to step out of the cards.

The top card is from a recipe from the Make it From Your Heart Volume 2.  This is such a versatile book with lots of great ideas for both scrapbooking and cardmaking.  There are a number of different books with lots of ideas available on my website.

Materials used:

Stamp sets – Paper Doll (D1547), Stitch Wonder (C1564), Cricut Artiste Collection Kudos (D1530), Bugs and Hugs (D1535) (retiring), You are My Happy (no longer available)

Cardstock – White Daisy, Desert Sand, Buttercup, Cotton Candy, Pear

Chantilly Paper Pack

Inks – Pear, Cotton Candy, Outdoor Denim

Alcohol Markers – Cotton Candy, Pear, Buttercup

Clear Sparkles

Green and Blue Epoxy Bubbles

Bonding Memories Glue

Pink glitter gems

White Bakers twine

Cuttlebug embossing folder – Swiss Dots

I hope that you all have a great week and I will catch up with you next week.

Happy Crafting


CTMH SOTM Cross Stitch Wishes

Happy New Year

I would like to wish you all a happy, healthy, prosperous and safe 2014.

Unfortunately, life did get in the way for me and I was unable to participate in the Australasian Blog Hop on the 1st January.  But please click on this link to see what my fellow CTMH Consultants downunder have been doing.  However, I did manage to get my stamp set early and here is what would have been my entry.

This month the stamp set is Cross Stitch Wishes (S1401).  This is a great stamp set for all those crafters out there.  Over the years I have done a lot of different crafts including sewing, cross stitch and quilting (more cross stitching then quilting – see my only effort at quilting a bag under my Crafty Creations page) and this stamp set suits me to a tee.  This set is also great for scrapbooking all your photos of your crafts as well.

For my card I have used the ‘sunburst’ technique for the background.  I have got the instructions from a fellow CTMH Consultant, Patti Gaspari Ehrhardt, but there are numerous instructions on YouTube that can show you how.  It is very simple and a great way of using up scraps.  I have also used another stamp set Stitch Wonder (C1564)  which goes so well with this SOTM set.  When I was doing a lot of digital scrapbooking I loved using a stitch kit to finish off my layouts.  I also used this in my last post on a layout using White Daisy pigment ink to look like I had stitched the cardstock down.

I have also used the Cricut cartridge – Artiste to cut out the buttons and cotton reel. I have used a combination of sponging and my alcohol markers to colour in the thread on the reel.   The buttons have had liquid glass applied for a three dimensional effect.  These cartridges are amazing and the Artbooking cartridge is on my must get list for this month.

Here is my card:

CTMH SOTM Cross Stitch Wishes

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Cotton Candy, Slate

Chantilly papers

Inks – Cotton Candy, Slate

Alcohol Markers – Cotton Candy

Stamp sets – Cross Stitch Wishes, Stitch Wonder

Cricut Cartridge – Artiste

Liquid Glass

As usual with the Stamp of the Month set it is available for just $5 for any purchase over $75 saving $24.

Plus January is National Papercrafting month and there is another special offer for this month.

You can get an exclusive Cloud Nine cardmaking kit for $20 (retail value $74 NZD) with a qualifying purchase of $55 or more (excluding tax and shipping) during January in celebration of National Papercrafting Month. Make 10 adorable cards (2 each of 5 designs) with funky messages to put any recipient on cloud nine! You can add one cardmaking kit for every $55 in your order*.


This is a gorgeous set, the colours are fantastic and they are so easy to put together.  They would be great to give as a gift for a friend as well.

Watch the campaign video and contact me for further details.

If you buy both sets at the special price you can save a total of $78.

Whew that is a lot for this week.  I hope everyone has a great week and I will catch up with you next week.

Happy Crafting


CTMH Australasian SOTM Blog Hop – This Moment



Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Doris Taylor’s blog Creative Inspirations, 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.

Today I would like to share with you these cards which features the January 2015 Stamp of the Month This Moment available exclusively throughout January  for $33 or for just $5 when you spend $75.



I think this stamp set would be a great set for a Valentine or Wedding layout but I didn’t have any suitable photos so I did some cards instead and used the new Heartstrings paper from the Seasonal Expression catalogue as the stamps and papers went so well together.

CTMH This Moment

For this card I have used a combination of Lagoon and Cranberry cardstock with the Heartstrings paper.  For the target I have cut out the outer two shapes with the Art Philosophy cartridge and and then stamped the image again on scrap paper – twice with Cranberry ink and once with Whisper.  I then trimmed them and layered them to create an multicoloured target.  The arrows on the trim have been stamped using Whisper ink on Lagoon cardstock.  The other arrow and the Straight from the heart sentiment have been stamped on scrap White Daisy cardstock and then fussy cut out.  A very quick and easy card to make.

CTMH This Moment SOTM

I was really needing some inspiration to get started today so I looked to my Make if From Your Heart Volume 1 and found it with pattern 27.  I have used the lovely floral patterned paper and the script paper again from the Heartstrings papers.  The images have been stamped with a combination of Cranberry and Whisper. and I have matted the sentiment with Whisper and Cranberry cardstock.  The heart and Straight from the heart has been stamped in Cranberry ink and then fussy cut out.

CTMH SOTM This Moment 1

Finally a very quick card utilising the lovely Heartstrings paper.  I have just placed a matched matted trim across the paper and stamped a simple hello and matted it on Cranberry cardstock and finished with a pink bow left over from the Ariana Assortments from the last Ideas Book.

XYZ is only available until (insert last day of month) from your CTMH consultant. (this is where you can link to your own store again) I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Sue’s Bl