Lovely Arianna

Kia Ora Koutou

Welcome back to a bonus blog post for Heartfelt Creations.  Once again I have used Arianna Blooms flowers with the new Black Friday dies released last month – the perfect combination here.

Products Used:

Designer Dries Clear Adhesive159723
Arianna Blooms Cling Stamp SetHCPC-3608
Arianna Blooms DieHCD1-748
Paper Pack of 10 – BlackHCPP1-438-1
Classic Petunia Paper CollectionHCDP1-278
Rajni Chawla’s Crystal ClearPGM15015
Rajni Chawla’s Frosting PowderPGM15016
Pastel Bead Stamens-MediumHCS1-457-3
3D Floral Basics Shaping MoldHCFB1-464
Ranger Archival Ink Pad – Library GreenRACP475
Ranger Archival Ink Pad – Vibrant FuchsiaRACP524
Ranger Archival Ink Pad – French UltramarineRACP607
Ranger Archival Ink Pad – ButtercupRACP632
Ranger Archival Ink Pad – Fern GreenRACP962
Ranger Archival Ink Pad – Leaf GreenRACP436
Heart of Gold PrillsANC804
Oakberry Lane Blossoms Cling Stamp SetHCPC-3842
Oakberry Lane Blossoms DieHCD1-7200
3D Blossoms Shaping MoldHCFB1-469

iCraft Flora Super White cardstock, Creative Expressions Diamond Sprinkles glitter


Cut a piece of white cardstock 12” x 6”, score at 6” along the long side and score to create a base card 6” x 6”.  Cut a 6” x 6” panel of ombre paper from the Classic Petunia collection and adhere to the front of the card.

Cut a piece of white cardstock 6” x 4 ½” and die cut the edges using the lace edge die from the HCD1-7212 Petite Pocket Accents Die set.  Die cut 4 decorative pocket accent dies and adhere two together and adhere to the top and bottom of the previously cut outer die cut and adhere to the front of the card.

Stamp the flower images from the HCPC-3608 Arianna Blooms Stamp set in Vibrant Fuchsia ink on Super White cardstock.  Colour the centres with Buttercup ink and die cut with the coordinating die.  Colour the edges with Vibrant Fuchsia ink and shape using the 3D Basic Flower Shaping Mold.  While still damp crease the edges of the flowers.  When dry assemble with two flowers of each size.  Add Frosting Powder to the flowers with Dries Clear glue on a damp sponge.  Add Heart of Gold Prills to the centres and add to the centre of the decorative dies as shown.

Stamp the leaf images from the HCPC-3842 Oakberry Lane Stamp set with Library Green ink on Super White cardstock.  Colour with Leaf Green, Fern Green and Vibrant Fuchsia inks and die cut with the coordinating die.  Shape using the coordinating shaping mold and add Crystal Clear when dry with Dries Clear Glue with a damp sponge.  Add around the flowers as shown.

Stamp the petite flower images from the HCPC-3855 Floral Fashionista Stamp set in French Ultramarine ink on Super White cardstock.  Colour the centres with Buttercup ink and the backs with French Ultramarine inks.  Die cut with the coordinating die and shape using the coordinating mold.  When dry pierce the centres and thread the pale lemon bead stamens through and glue to keep in place.  Add the Diamond Sprinkles using Dries Clear Glue on a damp sponge.  Trim the wires and adhere the flowers as shown around the flowers and leaves.

Die cut the tag image from the HCD1-7203 Ornamental Tags Die set from white cardstock.  Stamp the sentiment from the HCPC-3845 Just for You Sentiments Stamp set in Vibrant Fuchsia ink on white cardstock.  Die cut using the inner die from the tag.  Adhere to the top of the card as shown.

For more gorgeous inspirations please visit the Heartfelt Creations blog here:

Happy Crafting

Ka Kite Anu


Loving SVGcuts

Welcome back

I just have a very quick post today as I am moving house this week and haven’t had much of a chance to do any crafting.  I have another box card that I have made using a SVG cut from  I have already sold one of my box cards from last week so I got the Cricut Explore out to make this lovely box card that is perfect for Mothers Day or birthdays.

#SVGcuts #CTMH

#SVGcuts #CTMH

#SVGcuts #CTMH

I was very happy how it came together.

Materials used (all CTMH):

Cardstock – Pear, Sweet Leaf, Creme Brulee, Canary, White Daisy

Paper – Brushed

Inks – Pixie, Canary, Black

Stamp – Heartfelt Sympathy – NLA

Gold bling gems

Have a good week and Happy Crafting




Having Fun with Heartfelt Creations Ariana Blooms

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I hope you all had a good Christmas and got lots of new craft supplies.  I have just received the Heartfelt Creations Ariana stamp and die set and I just love these stamps.  It is strange using the rubber stamps again but these stamps had good adhesion to my acrylic blocks and gave a nice crisp image.  It is also great to have a matching die to save my hands for fussy cutting.  I have had some fun with using different inks and finishes and here are my first efforts.

I have used a combination of Le Vie En Rose papers and Black and Pomegranate cardstock from CTMH for my first card.  I love the combination of the gold embossing on the flowers and the gold Peelcraft edging and corners and the black of the Heartfelt Creations eyelet oval die.  I have cut two sets of flowers to create these flowers.  I haven’t put a sentiment on the front as it blocked the beautiful paper.  I am waiting for some beautiful Spellbinders dies and will look at doing something inside the card instead.  However, I do find that some people like to have blank cards for different purposes.


Here is a close up of the flowers.  The photos really do not show the vibrancy of the colours.


I have stayed with a very elegant cream and gold combination for my second card. I have used Peelcraft stickers for the corners, edging and the tag and sentiment.



Finally here is a little fun 4″ x 4″ card I have made with this single layer flower and the Raindrops on Roses die from Heartfelt Creations.  I have sponged the centre with Buttercup ink and the edges of the petals with Pomegranate ink.


Materials used:

Cardstock – CTMH Black, Pomegranate, White Daisy, Colonial White, Buttercup

Paper – CTMH Le Vie En Rose

Stamp – Heartfelt Creations Ariana

Dies – Heartfelt Creations Ariana, Eyelet Oval, Raindrops on Roses

Inks – CTMH Black, Versamark, Pomegranate, Buttercup

CTMH Gold Bling Gems

Peelcraft stickers from my stash

Pearl string from my stash

These cards will be for sale at Gift Hutt when it reopens early in the New Year.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting


Die Happy with Heartfelt Creations

Welcome back

I should really be finishing off my last minute Christmas cards but I have just received some new goodies from Heartfelt Creations so I just had to have a play.  I am still waiting for some more products to arrive so hopefully I will be able to play over the Christmas and New Year break.

These cards feature the Le Vie En Rose papers and cardstock from CTMH.  I love the new Eyelet Oval dies from Heartfelt Creations and here are the first two cards I have made using it.  There are three dies in this set which makes up to six different cuts which makes it very versatile.

#CTMH Le Vie En Rose, #Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval

First up I have cut the oval with the lacy edge out of Pomegranate cardstock.  I then cut the beautiful floral paper out of the inner oval and adhered it to the Pomegranate die cut.  I used the damask embossing folder on the Black cardstock, but unfortunately, I did not go with the grain and the finish was not so good so I just sanded the rest of the cardstock and it gives a distressed look which highlights the Pomegranate die cut very well.  I have then matted the Black cardstock with more Pomegranate cardstock.  I finished with a flower that I made using this technique here with some lace and an organza ribbon from my stash.

#CTMH Le Vie En Rose, #Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval

This second card features Black cardstock cut out using the lacy eyelet die and this time I have cut out the centre of this and placed the cut over the oval floral paper to create the look of a frame.  I think that the white core of the cardstock was not so successful and I may look at using another brand next time.  I have used the black and white quatrefoil design paper for the background and matted it on Black cardstock.  I then used some complements from the Le Vie En Rose collection to add some dimension and finished off with an organza bow from my stash.

#CTMH Le Vie En Rose, #Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses

My final card features the Raindrops and Roses die.  I have used Pomegranate and Black cardstock for the back ground and then cut the circular die in half and place on either side of the black and white striped paper matted on the Black cardstock.  I found some black and white ribbon from my stash which went perfectly with the colour scheme.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from CTMH Cursive Birthday and the die cut is a Spellbinders Die D-Lites – Frame One.  It looks quite dramatic with the colours and shapes.

Materials used:

Cardstock – CTMH Black, White Daisy, Pomegranate

Paper – CTMH Le Vie En Rose

CTMH Le Vie En Rose Complements

Stamp – CTMH Cursive Birthday

Ink – CTMH Black, Pixie, Canary

Dies – Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval, Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses, Spellbinders D-Lites – Frame One

Gold Bling Gem

Lace, ribbon, pearl string from my stash.

These will be available for sale at Gift Hutt.

I would like to take the time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and I hope that Santa brings you lots of lovely craft supplies to play with in the New Year.

Happy Crafting



CTMH Elegance

Welcome back

I have had a chance to make a couple of cards today and just managed to get the photos done just before the sun went.  We have just had the shortest day of the year but it is going to be a few months before we get more sunlight hours.

I have been inspired by a blogger in England who does the most beautiful cards using white on white cardstock and lots of different dies for layering.  I have made two cards and here they are:

CTMH Embossing Folders and August SOTM Framed


First up this card was very quick and easy to do once I had the flowers made.  I have used the same technique that I used in a previous post here to make the flowers but this time I sponged the the centres with Canary ink and the edges with Pixie ink to make a different colour.  The flowers have been cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge  pages 50.  The photo below features the flowers from the Artiste cartridge page 54.

CTMH Flowers ready to place onto the card


I used two different embossing folders – Damask and Stripes on a piece of White Daisy cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″ to layer onto the base card.  I cut the leaves from Pear cardstock at 1″ using the Art Philosophy cartridge and then I using a sharp embossing edge to create the lines and placed them under the flower.  To finish off I added the beautiful stamp from the upcoming August SOTM set


Here is the second card:

CTMH Sympathy Card

I have used the Artfully Sent cartridge to cut the card base at 7″ x 5″ from page 39 and then used CCR to resize the same shape to fit into it.

CTMH Artfully Sent card


I placed a piece of White Daisy cardstock to layer underneath the front fold and put the shape on top.

I must admit to using some dies that I have had for some time as I wanted very fine leaves underneath the larger flowers.

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I have stamped the sentiment from the Happy to Be Friends stamp set onto the shape before adhering it to the card.  I then played around with the placement of the die cuts.

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Here are the leaves that I have prepared for the flowers.  I like the pop of colour of the flowers and leaves over the white on white base card.

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Here is a close up of the flowers with some glitter gems in the middle of the flowers.

CTMH Flowers

I apologise for the watermark.  I am still working out how to use Lightroom.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Pear

Stamps – Framed, Happy to Be Friends

Inks – Black, Pixie, Canary

Cricut Cartridges – Artfully Sent, Art Philosophy, Artiste

Glitter Gems

Dies (non-CTMH) Marianne Creatables – LR0206, LR0107, LR0151

I hope that enjoy my creations and as usual these will be available for sale at Gift Hutt.

It is not long now before the new Annual Inspirations catalogue arrives and there are a lot of products that are retiring to make way for more fabulous products so pop on over to my website here to see what is retiring and also what is new on the while supplies last list.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting





CTMH Confetti Wishes and Artbooking

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Today I had a productive time at Scrapbook Corner at the Upper Hutt Library.  I have taken a break from the Chalk It Up school layouts and thought I might give Confetti Wishes a go for James’ birthday photos.  Confetti Wishes has such vibrant colours and the papers are just perfect for birthday layouts.   I have got my inspiration for both layouts from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 book.  I have used these books so much that I have had them bound so they could last longer.




James was very lucky and had 3 birthday parties for his 5th birthday.  Today I will feature two of the birthdays – one for kindy and the other his birthday party and home.

Here is the first layout using the pattern No 6, page 16  from the Make it From Your Heart book and I have changed the orientation from the what is displayed in the pattern to fit the photos.  This is James’ party at home and I have used the Artbooking cartridge to cut the titles and the parcels and the ‘wish’ is actually the offcut from the Make a Wish title from the next layout.  I am still to do the journalling and I have finished off with Confetti Wishes Complements and Assortments.   I have used my Twin Touch markers to colour the clear sparkles to match the colours in the range.  I no longer need to worry about getting many different colours of sparkles to match my projects with the Twin Touch markers.

watermakered CTMH layout

Here is a close up of the parcels.

CTMH watermarked image 2

I cut two parcel shapes  out of the striped Confetti paper – one was reversed to get the different papers.  I also used Pacifica and Canary scraps to piece the parcels and also embossed them with different embossing folders from CTMH – dots and chevrons.

Here is the second layout and this time I have used pattern No 14 on page 32.  I am not sure if I am happy with the blue patterned paper as it makes it a little busy but other than that the photos really worked well with this layout.  I put a cake on this paper and to make it stand out I used my grey Twin touch marker to outline the cake and make it stand out more.  The Confetti Wishes Complements and Assortments made it easy to complete the layouts and I still am looking at putting in some journalling – perhaps with some flip flaps which are so versatile.

CTMH watermarked image 3


I have done a single page layout but I am still to finish it so it was a very productive day.  I am starting to get through James’ photos and eventually they will be done.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Pacifica, Canary, Thistle

Paper – Confetti Wishes

Embellishments – Confetti Wishes Complements, Confetti Wishes Assortment

Artbooking cartridge

Thistle chevron ribbon

Clear Sparkles

Twin Touch markers – Golden Yellow, Sap Green, Lavender (I work with colours and not numbers)

Embossing folders – dots, chevron

I hope that you have a good week.

Happy Crafting



CTMH Artiste Baby mobile


I have been trying to win a new Cricut Explore machine and decided to do something completely different with what I have done before.  I had just got my new Whimsy cardstock  pack and there was the new Glacier colour in it and it is such a beautiful and soft green/blue colour.  I had seen another consultant make a three dimensional balloon with an image cut out of the Artiste cartridge and decided to take the concept further and make a baby mobile.  I am sorry but I cannot remember the name of the consultant and can’t credit her.

10464193_736848793047531_1637306791840735543_nThe small balloons have been cut out at 4″ and the large balloon at 6″.  I have cut out 4 of each layer with White Daisy, Glacier and Crystal Blue cardstocks.  I then glued the layers together using 4 different colourways.  The completed image was then scored down the centre and then glued together to create a three dimensional object.  Unfortunately, I was in a rush and didn’t take any photos of work in progress, but you can see the process in this post that I did with Christmas decorations here.  The centre balloon has a basket made out of a square created by cutting a strip of Crystal Blue Cardstock at 3/4″ and another strip of Glacier at 1/4″ and glued the lighter colour over the darker colour.  I scored at 3/4″ lengths and created a square.  (I will try and take some close up photos and post them here later).

The white clouds have been cut at sizes, 2.25, 2.00 and 1.75 inches.  I cut two clouds from the Glacier and Crystal Blue cardstocks at 2.5″.  I then layered the white clouds onto the coloured cardstock.

To complete the mobile I got a piece of dowel from Spotlight and cut it in half.  I then covered the dowel with the silver washi tape which is no longer available and then used hemp tape to tie the rods together and also created a loop to hang it up.

I have thread a needle with cotton and pierced the different shapes and tied them together.  I wasn’t too fussed about having them all at the same length as it made it more interesting.  Sewing the basket onto the middle balloon was tricky and took some time to get it looking straight.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Glacier, White Daisy, Crystal Blue

Washi tape – silver (NLA)

Hemp twine (NLA)

Needle and thread

Adhesive – Bonding Memories glue, Liquid Glss

Artiste Cricut cartridge.

I hope these instructions have made sense and please feel free to comment if you would like some clarification.

Happy crafting



One of the Bucket List


I was very excited to come home the other day to find this in the post for me.


Prior to starting with CTMH I submitted several cards to Kalsbeek Crafts and they have finally been published in the new magalogue that has just come out.  I have bought a lot from Toni Kalsbeek and found her to be very efficient and pleasant to deal with.  Please check out her website at for the huge range of products she has available.

I can now say that I have published my work and tick it of the bucket list.  Now I have to work out what is next to tick off.

Happy Crafting


CTMH Cricut Cartridges

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Cricut cartridges

Since I have started with Close to My Heart I have relished the chance to do lots of different papercrafts.  I have purchased all three Cricut cartridges and I am constantly looking at the booklets that come with the cartridges to do different things.  The Artiste cartridge is great for doing 3 dimensional items such as rolled flowers and lots of different boxes along with an impressive range of embellishments, the Art Philosophy is great for tags and labels while the Artbooking is a very versatile cartridge that does lots of overlays as well as lots of different embellishments for both scrapbooking and cardmaking.  I have used metal dies in the past but rarely use them now as while you can get a clean and crisp image with them you are limited to the size of the die.  With the Cricut machine I can cut each image at whatever size I want plus each cartridge comes with about 700 images, three stamp sets to coordinate with them and dimensional elements to add that little something special to a card or layout.   With all these images on the three cartridges I have not even thought about buying other cartridges.

From the Artiste cartridge I have  made these note boxes from page 65 of the booklet.  They have been cut from Cotton Candy and Buttercup cardstock at 4 1/4″.  (If you love the Buttercup cardstock it is on the retiring list so be in quick to order it).  It is a beautiful colour.  The flowers are cut from the Artiste cartridge as well and the leaves from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

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Here is a close up of using the piercing tool to create a pattern on the edge.

DSCF1465Here is some small cards made out of the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I have cut them all out at 3″ to fit the 3″ envelopes available from CTMH as a bulk order.  You can see with these cards how it it so easy to cut different sizes for the tags to layer on top of the cards.  I have used 4 different shapes for the cards.

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I love how the stamp sets coordinate with cartridges.  I have used the stamp sets that come with the cartridges.

Finally here are a couple of examples from the Artbooking cartridge.  I have cut the overlay at 2 1/2″ and it made a nice background to layer the tags from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

DSCF1451This is a sneak peak of my next post for the Paper Trail Blog Hop featuring the Balloon Ride papers.  I have cut an overlay as well as the titles from the ArtBooking cartridge.  This is such an amazing cartridge and I use it all the time.  I have placed small strips of different coloured cardstock behind the overlay to make this colourful addition to the overlay.

DSCF1309Materials used:

Cardstock – Colonial White, Pear, Sherbet, Sky Blue, Creme Brulee, Saddle, Cashmere, Cotton Candy, Buttercup, Hollyhock

Papers – Lollydoodle, Balloon Ride

Inks – Cotton Candy, Pear, Desert Sand, Topiary

Stamps – Distressed Backgrounds,

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Art Philosophy, Artbooking

Flamingo dots

Topiary ribbon

Brad from the Embellishment

Bakers Twine

Liquid Glass

Pink polka dot washi tape

Brads from the Extraordinary Embellishments pack for $30 when you spend $75

If you would like to order any of these products please visit my shop here.

Have a great week and I will be back next week with another creation.

Happy Crafting



Paper Trail Blog Hop – Jubilee

Welcome to another Paper Trail Blog Hop and this month the focus is on the Jubilee papers.

If you have come from Connie’s blog,  you are in the right place and if you have just popped in to visit then feel free to have a good browse.  The blog hop is circular so once you have visited everyone you will end up where you have started.

I have found this paper range very challenging because it really encapsulates America to me and not so much New Zealand.  The papers are beautiful and as usual with Close to My Heart papers there is a wide range of colours and patterns for all occasions. For this layout I have picked out the beautiful green toned papers as these colours and patterns did remind me a little of New Zealand and the photos I have chosen went well with the blues and reds of the cardstock.

For this layout I have used the Bottom Border – Triple Combination from the Reflections Scrapbooking Programme book.  I love this pattern and use it a lot as it is great for both landscape and portrait photos which I have shown here.  One side is completed with using landscape photos and the other side with portrait photos and I have used different elements for the triple combination.

CTMH Jubilee layout

I have used my Artbooking Cricut cartridges to cut out the photo frames from Indian Corn Blue for the photos.  This was quite important as both the photos and the background paper are really busy and I needed a solid colour to make the photos stand out more.  This cartridge is great and easy to use and I don’t know what I would do without it now.  I adhered the frames to the photos and then onto the background paper.  I also placed some blue patterned papers to cover the bottom of the portrait photos and also tie in with the patterned paper on the other side.

I have used a combination of zip strips and patterned paper to edge the panels of Cranberry cardstock.  These have been distressed with Cashmere ink and then placed on the background paper.

I have discovered dimensional elements and how they can add something a little extra to my work.  You can stamp them, distress them, paint them, cover them with paper and much more.  Here I have used the dimensional elements that match with the Artbooking cartridge set and stamped them using both Cranberry and Indian Corn Blue inks.  The arrows have been finished off using blue epoxy bubbles.  The rosette dimensional element has been stamped using the stamp set from the Artiste Cricut cartridge bundle using Outdoor Denim ink.

CTMH Jubilee layout

To add some interest to the page I have embossed some Indian Corn Blue cardstock with the Quatrafoil embossing folder and distressed it with Cashmere ink.  I then cut the pinwheels out of the Artiste Cricut cartridge and stamped them with Cranberry and Indian Corn Blue inks and then topped it off with a blue epoxy bubble.

This page features my son doing demonstration of Taiha – this is a wooden spear type weapon that Maori men train very hard to use in warfare.  A Maori Kaumatua (respected elder) came to the school and taught the children how to wield this weapon.  The children also had moko printed on their faces to make them look more fierce.  The sentiment ‘Sweet As’ has come from the New Zealand Greetings stamp set and is a very popular one in New Zealand.  Also to keep with the theme of New Zealand I have added a stamped kiwi and some leaves that have been stamped using Topiary ink and fussy cut out and then distressed with Cashmere ink and then placed on the page.

This other page features my son dancing around the maypole.  They were having a cultural day and doing different dances and traditions from different cultures.  I have used the Pinwheel SOTM from last year to keep with the motif of movement and stamped with both Cranberry and Indian Corn Blue which incidentally picked up the colours of the clothes the children are wearing.  The pinwheels have been adhered to Indian Corn Blue cardstock that has been embossed using the Quatrefoil embossing folder and distressed with Cashmere ink.

I have cut the journalling tag out of Colonial White cardstock using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge and stamped with the coordinating stamp set in Cocoa.  I then distressed with Cashmere ink and completed the journalling.   I love this little tag as the ruled lines make it so easy to write the journalling neatly.

To complete the layout I have stamped onto the dimensional elements using the coordinating stamp sets from the Artbooking cartridge and distressed them with Cashmere ink and placed them on the layout.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Colonial White, Cranberry, Indian Corn Blue, 

Paper pack – Jubilee

Inks – Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Cranberry, Cocoa, Cashmere

Stamps – New Zealand Greetings, Pinwheel SOTM (NLA), Artbookimg

Cricut Cartridges – Artbooking, Artiste

Embossing folder – Quatrefoil

Blue and Green Epoxy bubbles

Dimensional Elements

I hope you have enjoyed your visit here and seen how much fun the Jubilee papers are.  Now hop on over to Karen’s blog here to check out her fabulous creations.

Happy Crafting