CTMH Valentines Day


I apologise for being a little late this week but it has been a very busy week.  I am aware that I have not done a tutorial on making the box envelope and I will do that as soon as I can.

This week I have a couple of cards using the lovely Amour stamp set and Heartstrings papers that is only available until 31 March through the Seasonal Expressions catalogue.  These go so well together and would be suitable for both a Valentines Day card and also a wedding card.





For this card I have cut a piece of cardstock at 4″ x 8″ to create a 4″ x 4″ card for something completely different.  I stamped the background script stamp with Bamboo ink on Colonial White cardstock and then stamped the Eiffel Tower and Armour stamps in Slate ink over the top.  The lovely silhouette stamp was stamped with Black ink.  I love how the inks do not smudge and I can used the stamped cardstock straight away.  The stamped card has been matted with the red paper from the Heartstrings paper pack and then matted again with Black cardstock.

DSCF2278For this card I have made the card look like a postcard as the stamps fit that so well.  As before I have used the script stamp to create the background in Bamboo ink on Colonial White cardstock.  I have used a mix of different stamp to create the postcard and this time they have all been stamped with Slate ink.  The background is made from the red Heartstrings paper and Hollyhock cardstock embossed with the Damask embossing folder.  I have added a trim of Black cardstock.  The sentiment is stamped in Black ink on Colonial White cardstock and then matted on a mix of Hollyhock and Black cardstock.  The hearts are from the January SOTM This Moment stamp set and I have stamped them in Hollyhock ink on Colonial White cardstock and then fussy cut them out and placed them on the card.

The Heartstrings paper packet and Armour stamp set are only available until the end of March when the Seasonal Expression catalogue is retired.  All these products (except for the This Moment stamp set) are available from my website here.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Colonial White, Black, Hollyhock

Paper – Heartstrings

Stamps – Armour, This Moment (NLA)

Inks – Bamboo, Black, Hollyhock, Slate

Embossing folder – Damask

Have a good week and 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.

I apologise if this is a repeat post for you.  I had accidentally pressed publish for my first draft and of course once that happens you can’t take it back, unfortunately.   Gotta love technology sometimes!

Today I would like to share with you some cards which features the January SOTM This Moment which is  available exclusively throughout January for $33 or for just $5 when you spend $75.



This stamp set would be perfect for  wedding and Valentine Day layouts but I didn’t have any suitable photos so I made some cards instead using the Heartstrings papers as they were a good match with this stamp set.  The Heartstrings papers are from the Seasonal Expressions catalogue which is available until the end of March.  I have also kept the cards simple by sticking to the papers, stamps and coordinating cardstocks and inks.

For the first card I have matched up the Cranberry and Lagoon cardstocks with the patterned papers from the Heartstrings paper.  For the target I have cut the outer two shapes with the Art Philosophy cartridge and then stamped the same image on scrap White Daisy cardstock – twice with Cranberry and once with Whisper ink. I then fussy cut out the circles and layered them on to create the striped effect.  The arrow and the sentiment have been stamped and fussy cut out and placed on the card.

CTMH This Moment

I was searching for some inspiration and went to the tried and true Make it From Your Heart Volume 1 and found pattern number 27.  I have mixed the patterned paper with the script paper and later realised that I had the script the wrong way but I was looking at the flourishes!  Anyway, I have stamped the images with a mix of Whisper and Cranberry ink and the main image has been matted with Cranberry and Whisper cardstock.

CTMH This Moment SOTM

Finally here is a very quick and easy card utilising the gorgeous Heartstrings papers.  I have place a matted trim of coordinating paper across in order to place the simple stamped Hello that has been matted on Cranberry cardstock  and then finished with a bow from the retired Ariana Assortments.

CTMH SOTM This Moment 1

Materials used:

Cardstock – Cranberry, White Daisy, Whisper, Lagoon

Paper – Heartstrings B&Ts

Inks – Cranberry, Whisper, Lagoon

Ariana Assortments (retired)

Cricut Cartridges – Art Philosophy

This Moment is only available until 31st January  from your CTMH consultant here.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Anne Patterson’s Blog Mummy you made this?

Happy Crafting