CTMH Touch Markers

Hello again I have been eagerly awaiting my order with new products from the new Annual Inspirations book, and after a little glitch and some help from Santa’s sleigh in getting my order through Customs, picked up by the courier company in Auckland and arriving in Wellington in 2 hours, (normally this takes over 24 hours)  I have finally started to play with my new toys.  My family had to prize me away from the catalogue in order to have tea!  There are so many gorgeous products coming and my wish list really does not match my budget. I have bought a couple of new paper packs and I will look at posting my efforts with them at another time.  But what I have been waiting so long for is the new ShinHan Touch markers.  I have done a lot of research since CTMH announced we would be carrying these markers and I am very pleased to see that the Touch markers are rated as highly as Copic markers, which I have never got around to purchasing.  The markers are so easy to use and the tips are fine, yet juicy, for a good control of colouring. I am still playing with different cardstock for these markers but today I would like to show you what the markers can be used on. Clear pastic flowers coloured in with Touch markers Here are some acrylic flowers that I have coloured.  These need to be allowed to dry before using them. CTMH sparkles coloured in with Touch Markers The markers coloured the sparkles really well and I will always have coloured sparkles to match my projects. Vellum butterfiles coloured with Touch markers Here I have used Stazon black ink and stamped butterflies and flowers on the feather vellum from the Free to Be Me paper pack that was a constant campaign a few months ago.  I have stamped on the shiny side and when the ink dried I coloured in the back of the image and then fussy cut them out.  I love the effect of the colours on the vellum. Vellum flowers coloured in with Touch markers   Here is a card that I have made using the flowers, butterflies and sparkles.  I have used two new stamp sets that are going to be available next month – Your Own Kind of Wonderful and Pretty Petals.  I have stamped the background flowers using the rock and roll technique with the new Canary ink with Pear ink.  The leaves are stamped with Pear and Topiary inks using the same technique.  I have used the new Thistle cardstock and matching Thistle ribbon on the Pear cardstock.  I love the new colours and can’t wait to do more with them. CTMH card using new colours, Touch markers and new stamps   Here is another card that I have completed using the markers.  My understanding is that Memento ink is the best to use with the markers but with this card I have used the CTMH dye inks and the markers have performed well with the ink. CTMH Balloon Ride card paper pieced and coloured with new Touch markers Here is a close up of the coloured image.  I love the softness of the colouring and the colours matched the papers beautifully. CTMH Balloon ride card coloured in with Touch markersMaterials used: Cardstock – Pear, White Daisy, Thistle, Sorbet, Creme Brulee, Sky, Colonial White, Saddle Inks – Stazon Black, Saddle, Sky, Thistle Stamps – Your Own Kind of Wonderful, Pretty Petals Papers – Balloon Ride paper packet Acrylic flowers Sparkles ShinHan Touch markers:  Butterflies – LavenderP83, Peony Purple P282, Marigold YR24, Golden Yellow Y222 Flowers – Lavender P83, Peony Purple P282, Marigold YR24, Golden Yellow Y222 Balloon Ride – Golden Yellow Y222, Marigold YR24, Light Orange R140, Leaf Green GY234, Vivid Green G46, Sap Green GY235, Clay BR116, Mahogany BR96, Bronze  BR99 I am looking forward to playing more with my new markers and will post some of my results here. All these products will be available from the 1st of August. Have a great week. Happy Crafting Patricia

CTMH White on white card

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Just a very quick post today to show you my latest card.  I have had this in my mind for a while and had to get it out.  This is similar to what I was doing prior to starting up with Close to My Heart and could be suitable for any occasion – including bereavements.   I love white on white and here I have combined texture from three different embossing folders from CTMH – Stripes, Damask and Dots.  I had cut out the shapes using the Art Philosophy cartridge and then run them through my Cuttlebug.  I am so pleased how they turned out.  The flower is made from rolling a rose cut from the Artiste cartridge at 3″ and the other petals are cut from Art Philosophy at 3″ and 2 1/2″ (I think – I had cut them out a while ago).  The leaves are from Artiste as is the tag.  The sentiment has come from the Just For You stamp set while  I have finished it off with a couple of black sparkles.

DSCF1467I hope that you like this card.

Happy crafting



Going all boxy with CTMH

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This week I have been having some fun decorating kraft ring boxes that are available at the moment from Close to My Heart.  The retiring list has come out and these boxes are on the list so get in quick if you want any as they are only available while stock lasts.  I have also used products from 2 of the gift collections that are available for this month only when you spend $75 or more this month to celebrate Close to My Heart’s 30th anniversary.

I loved the way the boxes were decorated in the current Ideas Book and here is my version of the ring box from the catalogue.  I have used a combination of Ariana papers with the zip strip from the Ivy Lane range.  I have stamped the box on the side of the lids with the lovely plaid stamp from the Fabulous You stamp set with Olive ink.  I then stamped one of the bird images onto the green paper again with Olive ink.  I then stamped three separate images on some spare Colonial White cardstock and then trimmed out the flowers, distressed them with some Cashmere ink and then layered them onto the top of the stamped image.  I finished off with some pink glitter gems and a ribbon bow from the Ariana assortments.

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This is another box using Ariana papers .  Once again I have stamped the side of the lid with the plaid stamp again in Olive ink.  I have then used the lovely green papers for the base of the box and the top.  The butterfly is cut out of the beautiful floral paper from Ariana using the Artbooking cartridge and I have also cut the overlay out of Ariana Coral cardstock and placed it over the base cut.  I have adhered the butterfly to the top of the lid with liquid glass so it shouldn’t come of in a hurry.  I then finished off with some pink glitter gems.  I really needed a bit of pink around the base so I used the zip strip from the same B&T papers to complement the butterfly.





I love the simplicity of the next box.  I have used the lovely Skylark papers and decorated the box with a combination of them and finished off with a zip strip around the side of the lid.  I have stamped one of the chevrons with Sweet Leaf ink  from the Charming Chevron stamp set and finished it off with a bit of bling from the Sparkle Chevron shapes.  I finished off with some ribbon I have just received from the Delightful Ribbon and Trim Collection .  The ribbon is lovely and cream and fits in well with this colour scheme.  It can be dyed any colour as well so I will be getting some re-inkers to do this.  I have topped of with a flower from the Skylark assortments.




This is another quick and easy decorated box.  I have used the blue papers from the Skylark range.  I have also teamed it with the flowers from the floral Ariana papers and the blues of this flower matched really well.  I have fussy cut this flower out from the paper and then cut out the middle of another flower and then layered it on top of the base flower with some foam tape.  I then put a bow made out of white bakers twine and topped off with an aqua dot.





The final box has been made using papers from the Balloon ride papers.  The flowers are from the Extraordinary Embellishments Collection which went really well with the Balloon Ride colours and I have used a brad that also came with the collection to adhere the flowers together and then used liquid glass to adhere the flower to the box.
DSCF1426For all these boxes I have used liquid glass to adhere the paper and cardstock to the box.  It sets very quickly and doesn’t come off in a hurry and I use it all the time.  Plus it is only $12.50 to buy and lasts so long.

Materials used:

Cardstock, White Daisy, Colonial White, Lagoon, Saddle, Ariana Coral

Papers – Skylark, Balloon Ride, Ariana, Ivy Lane

Inks – Olive, Sweet Leaf, Cashmere

Stamps – Charming Chevrons, Fabulous You

Artbooking Cartridge

Liquid Glass

Colour-ready Seam Binding Ribbon

Skylark assortment

Ariana assortment


Just Blooms Floret paper shapes

Pink Glitter gems 

Aqua dots

White Bakers Twine

Sparkle Chevron shapes

As I said at the start the Retiring List is now out and available on my website here.  Items are available on a strictly while stocks last basis and if there is anything you would like please feel free to contact me.

Have a good week.

Happy Crafting





Outside the box with CTMH


This week I have decided to do something quite different.  I have seen a lot of other consultants doing these pennant frames and thought I would give it a go myself.  Close to My Heart do not just cater for card making and scrapbooking but they also provide a range of great products to decorate and add to your home decor.  I have also entered this project in the Heart2Heart Cricut Challenge.

This is the pennant frame and I have cut out the paper from the Ariana paper pack using my Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  I have made the daisy flower from the Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges following Cathy Derouche’s instructions on YouTube.  For my version of the daisy I have started with White Daisy cardstock and sponged the edges with Buttercup ink and the centre has been completely sponged with Buttercup ink to give a softer effect than using Buttercup cardstock.   The butterfly is from the Artbooking cartridge and the scalloped edging is from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  As it is Mother’s Day coming up next month I thought that it would be nice to turn this into a  silhouette picture and use the fabulous Mother’s Day stamp set and make a lovely gift for a child to give to their mother.

DSCF1166Here are some close ups of the frame:


DSCF1170Of course I had to add some bling to this very feminine frame.  I have used the Sparkles Flourish and the clear Sparkles to add some shine.


For something completely different I have created a masculine looking pennant frame for someone to put their own photo in it.  The feedback that I have been getting from the public is that there is not enough out there for the men and boys in our life.  So I have done a simple blue pennant with a nautical theme.  My son is mad on boats and I probably had him in mind when I made this, and the Ariana blue stripe does have a masculine, nautical feel to it.


I have used the dimensional elements that came with the Tommy WOTG (now retired) and Cricut cartridget sets and distressed them with Desert Sand ink before inking the sentiments and shapes with Outdoor Denim.  I have used the now retired Tommy WOTG stamp set as well as the Sail Away stamp set which is still available.  I have used the zip strip from the Tommy paper packet (also retired) which blended in well with the distressed embellishments.

DSCF1174As you can see I have used papers from the Ariana paper packet and created two very different pennants which shows how versatile this pack is.  I think it is my favourite out of all the new papers.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Outdoor Denim, White Daisy, Sky, Ariana Coral, Pear

Papers – Ariana paper packet, Tommy (now retired)

Ariana Assortments

Ink – Outdoor Denim, Desert Sand

Pennant shape

Dimensional elements

Cricut cartridges – Artbooking, Art Philosophy, Artiste

Stamp sets – Sail Away, Tommy WOTG (retired), Mothers Day 

Sparkles Flourish

Sparkles – clear

I am really impressed at how far one paper packet has gone.  Apart from using a couple of extra base sheets for an extra double layout I have done 3 double layouts, two pennant frames and at least 10 cards with the one pack.  This is really great value at NZ$17.

For more information about the 3D and decor products from CTMH click here.  There is lots of different products for all your creative needs.

I hope everyone has a great Easter.

Happy Crafting




CTMH Easter Goodies

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Easter is not far away now and I went to the supermarket yesterday and the Easter Egg gift boxes were very much the same as what they have been for years and are just advertising for Cadbury.   So I decided I would make some boxes using the Artiste cartridge and today I have been very busy and here are some of my results.  Sorry about the first photo but there are better photos coming up, but daylight savings has finished and I was running out of light to take photos.

Easter goodies made from the CTMH Artiste Cartrige



I have used three different cuts from the Artiste cartridge.  The first one is on page 73 of the booklet.  I have also cut the grass from the Artbooking cartridge and placed it around the base of the box.  The cute rabbit in the front is from the Hoppy Easter stamp set and I have coloured it in using the CTMH alcohol markers.

Easter goodies made from the CTMH Artiste Cartrige

Here is a close up of the rabbit.  I have also cut the butterfly out from the Artiste cartridge and added some bling with some CTMH sparkles.

Easter goodies made from the CTMH Artiste Cartrige

The second box has been cut out using the pattern on page 69.  I have mixed and matched the cardstock colours to match the soft toys I purchased to go with the boxes.  Inside there is also an Easter Egg.  I am still using up my Chantilly papers (which are no longer available unfortunately) and these went perfectly with the boxes and colour scheme.  The ribbon has been cut using the pattern on page 56 and the flower is also cut out from page 33 and finished off with pink sparkle gems and green epoxy bubbles.  The sentiment is from the Hoppy Easter stamp set and the tag is from Holiday Tags.

Easter goodies made from the CTMH Artiste CartrigeFinally I love these cute little boxes from page 73 of the booklet.  There is also a flower box for something different.  I have also cut the grass from the Artbooking cartridge and put it around the base of the box and I then put the sentiment on the box.  These are so cute and they are big enough to fit an Easter egg inside.

Easter goodies made from the CTMH Artiste CartrigeMaterials used:

Cardstock – Sky, Pear, Buttercup, White Daisy, Cotton Candy, Hollyhock

Papers – Chantilly (NLA)

Inks – Pear, Outdoor Denim

Markers – Cotton Candy, Pear

Stamps – Hoppy Easter, Holiday Tags

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Artbooking

Sparkles – clear assortment

Pink Glitter gems

Blue and Green Epoxy bubbles

Liquid Glass

All these will be for sale at Craft Hutt and I will also take some to a craft fair I will be going to on Good Friday.

Have a good week.

Happy Crafting


Skylark Wedding Cards

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I do apologise for missing last week’s post but I have had some family issues to deal with, and while they have settled down there is still going to be some problems to work through.

For this post I have been playing around with the last of my Skylark papers and have made some wedding cards.  I am really enjoying using a different combination of colours and papers to what I normally use.  Here I have used Lagoon and the beautiful Teal shimmer trim to create a pop of colour with the Skylark papers.

CTMH Skylark Wedding card

For this card I have used the pattern out of the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 page 46 and used a cut from the Artbooking cartridge (page 48) in Lagoon cardstock for the centre panel which fitted  in well.  I love using the Perfect Fit – Frames 2 for an accent and the little wedding couple from The Happy Couple stamp set fits perfectly in the middle.  The congrats stamp is from the Cricut Artiste Collection Kudos.  And I have finished the card with a flower from the Skylark Assortments.

CTMH Skylark Wedding card

For this card I have again used the Quatrefoil embossing folder to add some interest to the plain cardstock.  I love how the papes from Skylark are great for cards as well as for scrapbook layouts and here I have trimmed the corner of the 12 x 12 paper to fit the card base.  I have added an extra pennant topped with a blue epoxy bubble and the sentiment is from The Happy Couple stamp set.  A very simple yet elegant card.

CTMH Skylark CongratulationsAgain for this card I have manage to trim the patterned paper to fit the card and keep the lovely bird which ties in well with the striped lagoon paper for the bottom of the card.  I have cut the lovely ribbon out with the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  I the stamp is from The Happy Couple stamp set.  I have finished off with a couple of epoxy bubbles and the Teal shimmer trim.

CTMH Wedding card using Skylark and Lagoon

This card was very quick and easy with the Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  I have cut the same image but for a portrait card instead and teamed it with the Lagoon striped paper from Skylark pack and the Teal shimmer trim and just placed a simple sentiment on it matted with Lagoon cardstock.  Another simple, yet elegant card.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Lagoon

Paper – Skylark Paper Pack

Ink – Lagoon

Skylark assortment

Green and Blue Epoxy bubbles

Stamps – Cricut Artiste Collection, Kudos (only available as part of the Artiste Cricut Collection, The Happy Couple, Perfect Fit – Frames 2

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Art Philosophy and Artbooking

These cards will be available for sale at Craft Hutt, so if you live in Wellington do pop in and say hello and have a look at all the wonderful arts and crafts for sale.

I am going to be busy over the next few days as I have the Australasian CTMH SOTM hop coming up and I have also been invited to another blog hop featuring papers from CTMH.

I hope you all have a good week.

Happy Crafting.


CTMH Stamp of the Month: Happy Place S1403A Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from  Shaunna’s Blog – Passionate about pagesthen 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 this card which features the March SOTM Happy Place S1403A available exclusively throughout February for $29 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

I have been very busy this week so I had to do a card very quickly this morning and I hope that it has turned out ok.  I have used a combination of colours which I would normally never use, but that is the beauty of CTMH – the colours coordinate so well.

CTMH SOTM - Happy Place

This stamp set is so cute and the sentiments would be wonderful on a scrapbook layout with mother and daughter photos.

For this card I have also used the Quatrefoil embossing folder again and then stamped tone on tone for the top part of the card.  All the pieces have been distressed with Desert Sand ink.  For the sentiment  I have used one of the dimensional elements (which I need to learn to use a lot more!).  I have sponged it with Desert Sand ink and then stamped the sentiment with Black ink.  The heart has been stamped with Black ink on Ruby cardstock and then fussy cut.  The Russian doll has been stamped on White Daisy cardstock and then coloured in with the CTMH alcohol markers, fussy cut out and then adhered with foam tape.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Pear, Indian Corn Blue, White Daisy

Inks – Pear, Black, Desert Sand

Stamps – Happy Place, Scandanavian Wishes (NLA)

Green and blue epoxy bubbles

Embossing folder – Quatrefoil

Alcohol markers – Buttercup, Sweet Leaf, Ruby, Indian Corn Blue

Happy Place is only available until 28th February from your CTMH coCnsultant. Please visit my shop here if you would like to know more about the products that I have used.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Jenny at Jen’s Creative Classroom.

Happy Crafting