Out of the Box with CTMH and Kaisercraft.

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I hope you all had a good Christmas.  I had a lovely relaxing day and I am now getting back into crafting.

I normally use only CTMH products but the local Spotlight store had a special on Kaisercraft wood kitsets so I bought a few to have a play with.  Apart from the kitset and mod podge everything else I have used in these projects is CTMH.

I love the CTMH papers and the Yuletide Carol papers are just gorgeous and I felt fitted well with this advent calendar.  I have tried to create a picture of a living room with the stockings hung by the tree and the parcels waiting to be opened.  I have sponged all the edges with Desert Sand ink and I love how the wood has turned into an antique gold colour.  I have cut out the centre from the patterned paper and lined it up so that it would be the centre of the box.  I used the red patterned paper to line the boxes (there are a number of You Tube videos that show you how) and after sponging the edges with Desert Sand ink I modpodged them all.  The numbers came with the pack and I have sponged them all with Desert Sand ink and then using Liquid Glass adhered them to the front of the little boxes.  The Christmas tree has been cut in 3 sizes from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge in the green paper from the Yuletide Carol paper pack, and I have adhered them with foam tape to try and create some dimension.  The boxes have been made from the Artiste cartridge and I have tied them up with the metallic bakers twine.  The Santa is from the Yuletide Carol Complements that I have stuck onto some White Colonial cardstock and cut out.  I used tabs of Colonial White cardstock to adhere to the box.  The Merry Christmas is from the Artiste cartridge.

Advent Calendar featuring Kaisercraft and CTMH papers.


Here is another kitset this time featuring a bird on a cage.

Bird on a Cage

I have sponged the entire cage with Desert Sand ink and the edges of the bird before mod podging the sorbet coloured paper from the Seaside paper pack.  The paper went really well with some paper flowers that I had purchased last year in a special bundle from CTMH.  The large flower has been cut using Art Philospohy using the pattern from Cathy Derouche (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzs8Sc-BLO4) out of Sorbet cardstock and the edges have been sponged with Sorbet ink.  The paper flowers all coordinated so well with various shades of sorbet to a deep pink with different shapes.  I have cut the leaves from Art Philosophy in Olive cardstock and inked with New England Ivy ink and then I have shaped then before placing them on the cage.  The smaller leaves are from the paper flower packet.  I have finished off with some bling with clear sparkles and the clear sparkle flourishes.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Sorbet, Colonial White, Ruby, New England Ivy, Olive

Paper – Yuletide Carol, Seaside

Yuletide Carol Complements

Inks – Sorbet, Desert Sand, New England Ivy

Cricut Cartridges, Artiste, Art Philosophy, Artbooking

Clear Sparkles

Clear Sparkles Flourishes

Liquid Glass

Foam tape

Metallic Bakers Twine

I hope that you enjoy what I have done today.  Tomorrow I will be working on something for the January 2015 SOTM blog hop.  So watch this space…

Have a good week and Happy Crafting.


Great Gift Ideas from CTMH

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I have been really busy with making lots of cards, tags and general gift items to sell at Gift Hutt.  I have been seeing a lot on Facebook where people have gone to YouTube for inspiration to make boxes and general gift basket type items and I thought I would have a look through the CTMH Cricut cartridges and see what I can come up with. The Artiste cartridge came up trumps with a purse box and I could also coordinate cards and envelopes to match the edging.  I was able to get 5 little cards and envelopes to fit into each purse to make a fabulous Christmas or birthday gift.

CTMH Brushed flower purse.CTMH Purse with cardsCTMH - inside the purse




The purse, envelopes and cards are all found on page 31 of the Artiste booklet.  The purse was cut at 3.6″ and just fitted onto the 12 x 12 mat.  I cut one out with Pixie and the other out with Cotton Candy cardstock.  I then used Cricut Craftroom to size the envelopes and cards to match – unfortunately I cannot give exact measurements as it took a bit of manipulation to get the sizes to match.  I now use CCR all the time as it is easier to use the layers to check the sizes and these came out perfect on the first cut.

For the Pixie purse I have then traced the shape of the areas I wanted covered with the diamond patterned paper from the Brushed Reflections range and then cut them out and glued them onto the purse with liquid glass and trimmed any excess with sharp scissors.  I have added strips of pink and the new white shimmer trim onto the front and then placed the vellum flowers from the Brushed Complements onto a piece of scrap White Daisy cardstock and then fussy cut it out and glued it onto the front with liquid glass and topped the flowers off with silver sequins.  For the flap I have used the diamond patterned paper and this time change it the other way and cut a small trim of 3/4″ and then placed a strip of the white shimmer trim over it and placed it on the flap and then trimmed the ends to match the flap.  I have placed a flower from the Brushed Assortment pack on the front and used one of the small hook & loop dots available from CTMH to help hold the purse together.  Finally I have cut a strip of matching cardstock size 6/8″ x 10 inches and glued the edges to the inside of the purse for a small strap handle.

The Cotton Candy purse has a strip of patterned paper – 1″ wide then trimmed with Cotton Candy cardstock 3/4″ wide and then finished off with a strip of white shimmer tape and then placed along the bottom of the purse on the front and two sides.  I then used the A Budding Friendship stamp set and stamped 4 of the small flowers with Cotton Candy ink and overstamped the edges with the edge stamp in Black ink.  These are great little stamps as they end up looking like a watercolour and ink image and there is no need to be really fussy with the outcome.  I have done the same using the small leaf stamps in Pear ink.  I then arranged three flowers over the trim and coordinated the leaves around the flowers.  I have used liquid glass again as I have found that over time the glue tends to melt – particularly in my warm and sunny Gift Hutt.  For the flap I happened to have a spare envelope that I tore as I was getting it off the mat and it fitted perfectly on the flap and I trimmed it down to fit the flap, and I have just used the white shimmer trim as a strip to tie in with the rest of the purse.  I then glued another flower and set of leaves in the centre of the trim.  To finish the flowers I have place silver sequins and pink glitter gems to add a little bling.

As I said the cards and envelopes came from the same page and I have used CCR to size them.  I have kept the cards simple using the Brushed papers and the stamp from the Fabulous You stamp set and

CTMH small brushed card and envelope


The shapes for the sentiment have been cut out using the Art Philosophy cartridge and again I have used CCR to ensure that the White Daisy shape matches with the larger patterned paper shape as I have found that cutting two shapes only 1/4″ difference will not exactly match up on all sides.  To coordinate with both purses I have again made the trims from patterned paper, coordinating cardstock and white shimmer trim – can you tell how much I love this new trim!  This is now available from the new Seasonal Inspirations catalague just out today.

CTMH Brushed envelopes

The envelopes were very easy to assemble and I have just added a small amount of double sided tape to use when giving the card to someone.

Both these purses will be available for purchase at Gift Hutt for $15 each.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Pixie, Cotton Candy, White Daisy

Paper – Brushed B&Ts

Brushed Assortments

Brushed Complements

Stamps – Fabulous You, A Budding Friendship

Inks – Cotton Candy, Black

White Shimmer trim

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Art Philosophy

Liquid Glass

Hook & Loop Dots

Silver sequins

Pink Glitter gems

Happy Crafting



More Christmas ideas from CTMH

Welcome again

Wow it is not very long now until Christmas although my North American friends have Thanksgiving coming up shortly.  I am still working on Christmas ideas and I absolutely love the Yuletide Carol papers with the Victorian feel to the papers and they are so versatile for lots of different projects.

Today I will feature three different ideas for using these gorgeous papers.

First up are three cards that I have made using patterns from Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 and inspiration from the Annual Inspirations book.  I have also used wet embossing to create the shiny effect on these cards.  I have been making cards for 20 years now and the first technique I learnt was wet embossing and I was so thrilled to see CTMH bring back embossing powders and I have finally  had the chance to use the powders that I have bought.

Christmas card 3

For this card I have embossed the baubles from the Holiday Cheer stamp set with gold powder on Ruby cardstock and then fussy cut them out.  This card is similar to one that I did earlier on and I changed it a little to make it easier to cut up for classes.  The bow has been cut out of the Artiste cartridge and finished with a bling gold gem.

Christmas Card 2

This card has been inspired from the Annual Inspirations Book and using the pattern from MIFYH book Volume 2 pattern 28.  This is such a simple card design but is so versatile and here I have used two different papers and also Ruby cardstock for the panels.  I have stamped the Noel from the Noel stamp set and the sentiment is also from the same stamp set.  I love the Curlicue stamp set from the Artfully Sent cartridge and now have a supply ready to go.  The frame has also been embossed with gold embossing powder.  The holly wreath is from the Noel stamp set and I have stamped it on scrap Colonial White cardstock and fussy cut it out to place at the top and coloured in the ribbon with the Shinhan Touch Twin Carmine marker.

Christmas Card 1This card has also been inspired by the Annual Inspirations book and the MIFYH book Volume 2 pattern 23.  Very quick and easy to do but a stunning card just topped off with gold sequins.

I then made some tags using different tag shapes from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and using the Yuletide Carol papers decorated them to make little packs for sale.

Christmas tagsI have used a number of different stamp sets – Seasons Tweetings, Yuletide Carol WOTG and Sweet Salutations.

Finally I have decorated some Kraft bags with the Yuletide Carol papers and  Cricut cuts from the Art Philosophy and Artbooking cartridges.  I bought the Kraft bags from my local $2 shop and I am pleased how they have turned out.  It is always good to stretch myself out of my comfort zone of cards and scrapbooking.  And they did not take very long to make!

Yuletide Carol Kraft Bags

For this bag I have cut the deer out of the Artbooking cartridge and put the washing tape directly onto the bag for a softer look.  The bauble is from the Home for the Holidays SOTM set from October.  The ‘T0 and From’ for the gift tag is from the Holiday Tags stamp set .  I think this stamp set is one of my favourites because it is so versatile for lots of different projects.

Yuletide Carol Kraft bag with reindeer

This particular paper is my favourite paper – it is so whimsical and on the back is the most beautiful roses and it is hard to decide what side to choose.  This time I have put the washi tape onto the same colour cardstock to create a stronger colour.  I have used Ruby chevron ribbon (free from last months Ribbon special) and Slate chevron ribbon.Yuletide Carol Kraft bag with stockings

Materials used:

Cardstock – Ruby, New England Ivy, Cocoa, Colonial White, Cashmere

Paper – Yuletide Carol

Stamps – Home for the Holidays (NLA), Holiday Tags, Just to Say… Cricut Collection, Yuletide Carol WOTG, Curlicue Frames Cricut Collection, Seasons Tweetings, Sweet Salutations, Noel

Inks – Ruby, Versamark, New England Ivy

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Art Philosophy, Artfully Sent and Artbooking

Embossing powder – gold

Washi tape – Ruby chevron, Topiary mini chevron

Ribbon – Ruby chevron, Slate chevron

Shinhan Touch Twin marker – Carmine

Gold sequins

Gold shimmer trim

Bling Gems Gold Assortments

Most of these products will be available for sale at Gift Hutt.  I also have some kits available for sale for the cards.  Please feel free to contact me through this blog – they can be pre stamped and just ready to put together if you would prefer.

As usual all these products (except for the Kraft bags) are available from my website here.

Happy crafting




Close to My Heart Artfully Sent Christmas Card

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I have been very busy doing more Christmas cards and lots of other goodies for Gift Hutt.  Today  I would like to show you a card made using the new Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge.  I have been having problems using Cricut Craftroom so had not been able to do much for a couple of weeks, but finally yesterday I was able to cut again.  I am still getting used to the new cartridge and  I have seen some amazing pieces of artwork on various Facebook groups I belong to.

For this card I have cut out the scene card on page 47 of the booklet at 7″ out of Glacier cardstock.  I then cut out a piece of White Daisy cardstock at 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ to use for the scene.  This is the first time I have sponged a background and it is not perfect but still gives an idea of creating the scene.  There are a number of different videos on YouTube if you would like instructions on how to do this.  To create the snow hills I have used scrap cardstock shaped to create the hills and I have used a combination of Glacier and Indian Corn Blue inks for the snow and added some Outdoor Denim for extra depth around the moon.  To make the moon I cut out a circle from a post it not at 1 1/2″ and used that to sponge the colours around to create the moon.  I softened the moon by sponging lightly over with Glacier ink.  I then stamped the Santa Claus from the Santa Claus Holiday stamp set with Slate ink to create the depth of the image.

CTMH Artfully Sent Christmas CardThe trees were cut out of New England Ivy cardstock using the Artbooking Cricut cartidge. I wrinkled the trees a little to create some dimension and then I used some white liquid applique on the trees for a snow effect (available on special while stocks last).  The deer and cute little bird has been cut from the Artfully Sent cartridge in Chocolate cardstock and I ripped a piece of green paper from the Yuletide Carol paper pack for the effect of grass in the foreground and the ripped edge has come up looking like snow. (Unfortuanately, CTMH do not provide glitter for sale as some prisma glitter over the applique would have just finished the project of so well – extra sparkle would have been good.)

Here is a close up view of the scene I have created:

CTMH Artfully Sent Christmas Card scene

I stamped the sentiment from the Holiday Cheer stamp set using Glacier ink on White Daisy cardstock and matted it with New England Ivy cardstock and placed it on the front.  I then placed white enamel stars for a snow effect on the front.

My technique could do with some practice but I am still happy at how the card has turned out for my first effort.  And the good news is that CTMH  provide 5″ x 7″ envelopes to match so this card will be for sale at Gift Hutt and would make a very special card to give someone.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Glacier, New England Ivy, Chocolate, 

Paper – Yuletide Carol

Inks – Glacier, Slate, Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim

Cricut Cartridges – Artfully Sent, Artbooking

Stamps – Holiday Cheer, Santa Claus Holiday

White enamel stars

I have some more Christmas ideas coming up and will post them over the next week.

Have a great week and Happy Crafting




CTMH Scaredy Cat Waterfall Folio Album

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As promised here is the other waterfall folio album I have made using Scaredy Cat papers this time.  I struggled with this one as I kept making mistakes and the finished product is lots of cover ups but I am really pleased how it turned out.  I was really unsure of the Scaredy Cat papers as it is for Halloween which we don’t really celebrate here in New Zealand.  However, there is only one sheet that is Halloween focused and the rest can be used for lots of different projects.  The colours are so vibrant and strong and it was good to get out of my comfort zone of pastel colours.

Here is the link again for the instructions on how to make the albums: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLbHLZUAPeo&feature=share

Here is the front of the album.  I have used the Artbooking cartridge to cut the sentiment and the Artiste cartridge to cut the flowers out of Sunset cardstock.  The flowers have been cut and at 2″ and 1 1/2″ and I have inked the edges of the flowers with Sunset ink.  I have used the Mini-Medley Accent Black collection for the embellishments which really make this stand out.  The leaves have been cut from Pear cardstock to soften the arrangement.

Scaredy Cat waterfall folio album


Here is a close up of the flowers:

CTMH Scaredy Cat Flowers

Here is the inside of the album:

CTMH Scaredy Cat Waterfall folio album inner

Because the paper had a one way pattern  I kept cutting it wrong but as I said before I am happy with how this has turned out.  There seems to be a good balance with the patterns and paper.  I was intending on using some flip flaps but unfortunately I seem to have mislaid them.  The sentiment has come from the Take Note Cricut Bundle from the Artbooking cartridge.

I have also made some other items with the Scaredy Cat papers (including the hat) and here they are displayed at Gift Hutt.  They looked great in the window.1012925_347741242052382_8213987507050438331_n

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Materials used:

Cardstock – Colonial White, Sunrise, Black, Thistle, Pear

Paper – Scaredy Cat

Inks – Sunrise,

Stamps – Take Note Cricut Bundle Artbooking

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Artbooking

Mini-Medley Accents – Black

Corner Rounder

Liquid Glass.

I really enjoyed making all of these items and I hope that it inspires you to do the same.  All the products used are available from my website here.

Happy Crafting



CTMH Austalasian SOTM Blog Hop – ‘It’s the Little Things’


Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Jenny’s blog – The Creative Heart 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 my creations which features the November Stamp of the Month ‘It’s the Little Things’  available exclusively throughout November for $33 or just $5 when you spend $75.


I love this whimsical stamp set as it is so versatile for all sorts of projects and today I have done a card and a box featuring the flowers.

CTMH Artfully Sent Card with Nov. SOTM It's the Little Things

This card has been cut using the Artfully Sent cartridge in the shape of a cage and there is a matching card liner to coordinate featuring a bird so that it looks like the bird is in the cage.  I have stamped the flowers and leaves and fussy cut them all out.  This stamp set is great for those that do not have a Cricut machine to cut shapes to fit the stamps.    There are all sorts of flowers that are great for layering but here I have made them single flowers to create a garland of flowers draping over the bird cage with just a peep of the bird in the cage.  I love tone on tone stamping and have used Thistle ink on Thistle cardstock and Glacier ink on Glacier cardstock.

Here is the inside of the card:

CTMH Artuflly Sent card with Nov SOTM It' the Little Things inner

The second project has been inspired by the Annual Inspiration book.  I am really enjoying making three dimensional objects with the Artiste cartridge and the Paper Fundamentals papers combine really well with making boxes.

CTMH Nov SOTM Its the Little Things

I have used the Sorbet  coloured paper fundamentals paper and created the box out of page  44 of the Artiste booklet.  I then used the Artfully Sent cartridge and cut the pocket card from page 20 and then placed flowers and leaves on the front and finished the front with the ‘Just for You’ sentiment.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Glacier, Colonial White, Thistle, Cocoa, White Daisy, Sorbet, Sweet Leaf, Canary

Paper – Paper Fundamentals Whimsy pack

Inks – Thistle, Glacier, Canary, Sorbet, Pear, Sweet Leaf,

Embossing Folder – Dots


It’s the Little Things is only available until 30 November from your CTMH consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Denise’s Blog, Scrap Stamp Share.

Happy Crafting


CTMH Baby Blues


Sorry this is a couple of days late but sometimes life just gets in the way.  I have been busy doing a big project for Gift Hutt and will feature this later in another post.

In the meantime I noticed that Gift Hutt was getting a little low in blue baby cards and as I have just received the new Artfully Sent cartridge I thought I would have a little play.  This new cartridge is great for cardmaking as well as for scrapbooking and there is so much to choose from and it is going to take me quite a while to get through all the projects.


There are some gorgeous icons in the cartridge to cut and I love the baby outfits that are in there.  I have cut a number of them out of both Glacier and Crystal Blue cardstock for quick and easy cards when I need them.

This first card features the sleeve card from page 23 of the Artfully Sent cartridge booklet cut at 5 1/2″ on Cricut Craftroom, and I have backed it with some White Daisy cardstock embossed with the Quatrefoil embossing folder and this time used the back of the embossed cardstock to try and create a more quilted affect that suited a baby card.  The bows have also been cut out using the same cartridge.  I love the simple sentiments that come with the Artfully Sent cartridge and they were perfect for these cards.

CTMH Artfully Sent Baby Blue Card

This second card caries on the same theme with the Quatrefoil Embossing folder with White Daisy Cardstock on Crystal Blue cardstock (although it is hard to see in this photo).  This time I have strung three little baby outfits cut from the two blue cardstocks onto some Bakers twine and finished them off with some bling.  The bows also come from the Artfully Sent cartridge.

CTMH Baby Blue Card No 2

The third card has some paper from the Wanderful paper range.  This is a beautiful soft patterned paper and it teamed well with the Crystal Blue cardstock.  Once again I have kept it simple and just embossed a piece of Colonial White cardstock with the Dots embossing folder and placed the three different baby outfits on top of this and finished off with some bling with some clear sparkles and bitty sparkles.

CTMH Baby blue card

Finally I have had this card ready for the finishing touches for some time and finally got round to finishing it off.  I have used a piece of the now retired Balloon Ride paper and trimmed it into 4 equal sized pieces and placed it on the Colonial White card to create a scenic effect.  The trim has been made by layering different colours of cardstock starting with Colonial White, Cashmere, and finished off with Crystal Blue punched using the chevron punch.  The sentiment has been stamped using the new Artfully Sent tag Curlicue Frames stamp set and again I have used the stamps out of the Just to Say… stamp set.  I have coordinated the colours using Saddle and Crystal Blue with Colonial White cardstock.  I love how all the colours harmonise so well.

CTMH Balloon Ride Baby Card

Because I do so many cards I use the bulk packs that are available from Close to My Heart and they are very good value for money and as there are 50 cards with envelopes they last a lot longer for me.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Colonial White, Glacier, Crystal Blue, Saddle, Cashmere

Papers – Wanderful, Balloon Ride (NLA)

Stamps – Artfully Sent Cricut Collection Curlicue Frames and Just to Say…

Inks – Saddle, Crystal Blue, Glacier

Cricut Cartridge – Artfully Sent

Embossing Folders – Quatrefoil, Dots

Bitty Sparkles

Clear Sparkles

Bulk card supplies – Colonial White, White Daisy

Punch – Chevron Border

Bakers Twine – Slate

All these products are available from my website at www.patriciamanhirescreatingwith.shopctmh.co.nz.

Have a great week and Happy Crafting.