Having fun with Scaredy Cat and Seaside Papers from CTMH


Just a very quick post today as I really should be working on my new website for Gift Hutt, but I am now in a routine with this blog.

Here are a couple more boxes that I have made as gift baskets to sell in Gift Hutt.  One of the new arrivals into the shop was this lovely bright orange bib and I instantly thought of Scaredy Cat papers and also the lovely foxes on the Artfully Sent cartridge.

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I had some fun decorating the boxes and used the gorgeous foxes from the Artfully Sent cartridge and cut them in a combination of Sunset, Black and Thistle cardstock, and added a little Thistle chevron ribbon to link with the Thistle cardstock and the patterned paper from the Scaredy Cat range.

Then sentiment Cherish has come from the Artbooking cartridge.


Box decorated with Artfully Sent foxes and Scaredy Cat papers.


Here is the box with the bib and a lovely moulded soap in the shape of pig and teddy bear to make a lovely gift for a baby shower or a new arrival.

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I also made a little 3″ x 3″ card out of Kraft cardstock as I didn’t have that colour combination in store.  The tag is from the Tagged with Love stamp set from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogue and it is a lovely and versatile set and perfect for baby boxes.

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Materials used:

Cardstock – Sunset, Thistle, Black, Kraft

Papers – Scaredy Cat

Stamp Set – Tagged with Love

Inks – Thistle, Black

Ribbon – Thistle chevron

Shimmer Trim – Purple

Cricut Cartridges – Artbooking, Artfully Sent

The Seaside papers in combination with some Blossom papers also make a lovely baby themed box.  Here I have used the gorgeous spotted papers and distressed them with some Desert sand ink to make it look aged, and I have then added a strip and ribbon from the new Blossom range to make it look like a gift box.  Again I have added a tag tied with the lovely Glacier extra thick twine.  The pram has been cut using a Memory Box die that I have had for some time.

2015-04-13 11.01.46Here is the box with a bib in it and I added a green car soap in later when I took it into the shop

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Materials used:

Cardstock – Glacier

Papers – Seaside, Blossom

Stamps – Tagged with Love

Inks – Lagoon, Desert Sand

Clear Sparkle

Glacier extra thick twine

Non CTMH – Memory Box die – Pram, Boxes from local discount store

I am so happy how these have turned out and plan to do some more boxes for Mothers Day.

All products from CTMH can be purchased from my website here.  The completed boxes and contents are available for sale at Gift Hutt – a new website is still being built and I am hoping it will be live in the next week when I can get this post done!

Have a good week and Happy Crafting



CTMH Quick and Easy Masculine Cards

Welcome to my new followers and I hope that I inspire you with my creative endeavours.

Today I am taking a break from Christmas ideas and thought I would show you some very quick and easy cards using the Seaside papers, the Seaside Greetings  and the Treasure Friendship stamp set.  I love the understated colours of the Seaside papers and the rustic maritime feel to the papers and how the stamp sets coordinate so perfectly with the papers.

My first card was extremely quick and easy to do.  I just used a combination of the papers – the rustic stripe and the knot paper and then a strip of the blue spots,and then just added the square durable studs and a birthday greeting in Desert Sand ink.   The knot paper looks like a rope when using a thin strip on each end of a strip of coordinating paper.   How simple is that and I am sure any man would love to get this card!CTMH Quick and easy Seaside masculine card

My next card was another one based on my favourite pattern from Make if From Your Heart Volume 2 pattern 28.  This time I have used the blue spotted paper and for the centre strip I have used the Glacier coloured Whimsy Paper Fundamentals paper – which is a shiny and stunning patterned paper and it coordinated well with the green Pear cardstock and the stripped paper strip with the Teal shimmer trim.

CTMH Seaside masculine cardAs I finished this card I put it aside and then glanced round to find the sun shining on the card and the Paper Fundamentals paper literally gleamed in the sun.  I have tried to capture the effect but you really need to buy this paper to really get the full effect.  Straight on the paper looks just like patterned paper, but here you can see the quatrefoil pattern really glow.

CTMH Seaside and Paper Fundamentals cardMy final card I looked at doing a similar card to what I had done earlier in the year here, but this time stretching myself to use the Sorbet colour instead of the usual greens and blues.  I stamped the shells with Sorbet and Desert Sand inks and fussy cut them out and placed them on the lovely marine paper background.  Again I have used the same Paper Fundamentals paper for the top part and then placed the orange zip strip across.  I stamped the sentiment in Sorbet ink on Colonial White cardstock and then matted with Glacier and Sorbet cardstock.  I think the colours work really well together and it is good for me to challenge myself to work different colours and combinations.

CTMH Seaside seashells cardI must admit Close to My Heart make it so easy to mix and match totally different colours with their Reflections range so don’t be afraid to experiment.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Colonial White, Pear, Glacier

Papers – Seaside B&Ts, Whimsy Paper Fundamentals

Inks – Sorbet, Desert Sand, Pear

Stamps – Treasure Friendship, Seaside Greetings

Square Durables Studs

Green and Blue Epoxy Bubbles

Teal shimmer trim

As you can see the list of ingredients is very small and all materials are available on my website here.  The finished cards are available for sale at Gift Hutt.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting







Close to My Heart’s Seaside Capers

Welcome back

Summer is coming to New Zealand and I have been playing with the Seaside Reflections range from Close to My Heart.  I love this paper range as it  has the most beautiful colours and textures suitable for lots of different uses – plus there are absolutely gorgeous stamp sets to match the papers.


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My son has just had his birthday and he is very keen on sailing and boats etc, so once I tidied my craft desk I got to work to make some cards and then stretched myself to make a waterfall folio album.  Actually I did 2 waterfall folio albums but ran out of light to photograph, but will do that and post at another time.  Here is the card that I made for him to go with the sailing print that I got him for his birthday.  I must confess I had seen this idea on one of the CTMH Facebook groups I belong to but it was very suitable for James’ birthday.  I have stamped the yacht image on the patterned paper using Lagoon ink and used the Holiday Tags stamp set for the sentiment.

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Here is another version of the card.

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I then went on to used the other stamps.  I love using the Paper Fundamentals paper and this paper coordinated well with the embossing using the Quatrefoil embossing folder.  This is a lovely masculine card.

CTMH Seaside Lighthouse card


For my last card I have stamp the shell images onto Colonial White cardstock and coloured them in with Shinhan Touch Twin markers – Pastel Peach, Barely Beige, Clay and Bronze.  I then cut them out and used Liquid Glass to cover them and let them dry.  The shells created some dimension for the front of the card, with the lovely soft sea images of the paper in the background.


CTMH Seaside card


Finally here is my waterfall folio album that I have made with the papers.  I have got the pattern from here and the idea from my upline Grace Green – thank you.  I have decorated the front with the stickers from the Seaside Assortment pack and also cut the sentiment from the Artbooking cartridge in both Glacier and Desert Sand to help the letters stand out from the background.

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And here is the middle of the album.

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I am looking forward to creating more with these beautiful papers and yes my desk is still tidy after my day’s efforts.  Apart from the first card all these items will be available for sale at Gift Hutt.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Glacier, Colonial White, Desert Sand

Paper – Seaside, Paper Fundamentals – Whimsy

Inks – Desert Sand, Lagoon, Glacier

Stamps – Treasured Friendship, Seaside Greetings, Holiday Tags

Seaside Assortments

Embossing Folders – Dots, Quatrefoil

Cricut Cartridges – Artbooking, Art Philosophy

Aqua dots

Teal Shimmer Trim

Scallop punch

Liquid Glass

Shinhan Touch Twin markers – Barely Beige, Pastel Peach, Clay, Bronze

Happy Crafting