Out of the Box with CTMH and Kaisercraft.

Welcome back.

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.


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




CTMH Yuletide Carol Pic Folio Album

Welcome back.

It is not that long to Christmas now and I have been busy with Christmassy things such as Christmas cards and decorations.  However, I have taken some time out to complete this My Creations Hip Pic album.   I have been looking at these albums for some time and I was inspired by my upline, Grace Green, who created a similar album using the Yuletide Carol papers.  I love these papers as they are so traditional and the patterns are beautiful.  Some of them are too beautiful to cover with photos in fact.

The Hip Pic albums are  sturdy kraft chipboard albums with  16 white pocket photo pages with 3¾” × 3¾” windows that hold 16 – 4″ × 6″ photos and are spiral-bound. You can decorate as much or as little as you want and they will look fabulous.  These are very inexpensive and great to decorate up with lovely papers and embellishments and give as a gift.



I have done the front of the album utilising the lovely image of the stockings and the bird.  Inside I have used an assortment of stamps and die cuts from the Artbooking and Artfully Sent cartridges to decorate the pages.

CTMH Yuletide Carol Pic Folio albumMaterials used:

Cardstock – Ruby, New England Ivy, Topiary, Black, Colonial White, Cocoa

Paper – Yuletide Carol

Yuletide Carol Assortments

Stamps – Noel Holiday, Charming Chevrons, Artfully Sent – Just to Say…

Inks – Ruby, Black, New England Ivy

Washi Tape – Topiary Chevron, Gold Polka Dot, Silver Geometric

Gold gems

Chevron sparkles

Cricut Cartridge – Artbooking, Artfully Yours

Scallop punch

All these materials and the album are available for purchasing through my website here.

This album will be for sale at Gift Hutt.

Happy Crafting






CTMH makes Christmas cards easy.

Welcome back.

A very short  post today.   Christmas is not that far away so I have been busy making some Christmas cards.  I love the two Christmas reflections pack from Close to My Heart – Snowhaven and Yuletide Carol.  Both have such different themes but they both make stunning Christmas cards.

CTMH Yuletide Carol Christmas card

I love utilizing  the patterns on the papers and the gorgeous wee socks hanging on the shelf is so beautiful and the red paper from the Snowhaven pack coordinates well.

CTMH Snowhaven Christmas card

I taught a class yesterday starting with the basics of card making just using the basic equipment i.e. no Cuttlebugs and Cricut machines and this is a good example of a card anyone can make with the basic tools and lovely patterned papers.

CTMH Snowhaven Christmas cardFinally this is one of my favourite cards.  I love the combination of the Ruby, Black and Glacier colours.  I have used the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge to cut the sentiment tag and used the Curlicue Frames stamp set that came with the cartridge to stamp it in Black ink.  I love the sentiments from the Just to say… stamp set that also came with the cartridge.  I know that I am going to get a lot of use from these two stamp sets.  This pattern is from the Make It From Your Heart  Volume 2 book and is such an easy pattern to use.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Black, Ruby, White Daisy, Colonial White

Paper – Snowhaven, Yuletide Carol

Inks – Ruby, Black

Stamp sets – Artfully Sent Just to say…, Curlicue Frames,  Scandanavian Wishes (NLA)

Cricut Cartridge – Artfully Sent

Gold sequins

Clear sparkles 

Twin Touch Shinhan marker – Carmine

Embossing folder – Dots

These cards are for sale at Gift Hutt along with my other cards I have featured in my recent posts.

Have a good week and happy crafting.




Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop – Home for the Holidays

1255207_10202500725937312_859120681790975122_nHello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Wendy’s blog Expressions of the 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 this  some cards that I have made which features the Home from the Holiday stamp set which is available exclusively throughout October for $33 or for just $5 when you spend $75.  This stamp set has some very versatile images that would be great for cardmaking and scrapbooking.

I have had some fun doing a selection of cards using this gorgeous stamp set ranging from traditional colours to totally untraditional Christmas themed cards.

CTMH Yuletide Carol with SOTM Home for the Holidays

First up is this card using the beautiful and very traditional Christmas papers from the Yuletide Carol range.  I have used an off cut that I had from doing the Yuletide Carol WOTG kit and it fitted perfectly on the card.  I have used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the shape of the ornament and stamped it with Ruby ink.  The pine leaves are stamped from the Yuletide Carol WOTG stamp set and I have coloured the bitty sparkles using the Carmine Shinhan Twin Touch marker to look like little holly berries.  The bow has been cut using the Artiste Cricut cartridge and embossing with the dot embossing folder.  To top the bow I have used a gold sequin and a clear sparkle again coloured with the Carmine Shinhan Twin Touch marker.  The sentiment is from the Scandinavian Wishes SOTM set which is no longer available.  Here is a close up of the bow and the leaves with the holly berries.

Close up of CTMH bow and leaves

My next card has been made using my new favourite colour – Glacier.

CTMH Snowhaven and SOTM Home for the Holidays featuring Glacier and Ruby

This is such a stunning colour and very popular at the moment with all the Frozen merchandise out accompanying the popular film.  The polar bear image looks great in Glacier and I have matched it with the beautiful Snowhaven paper.  I have also used the beautiful Fundamentals Adventure paper to add a little bit of shine to back the Cricut cut image of the polar bear.  The background Glacier cardstock has been embossed using the dots embossing folder and then sanded to try and look a little like snow covered dots.  I love the fact that the CTMH papers are white cored as you can get lots of different effects with sanding and distressing.

CTMH Snowhaven and SOTM Home for the Holidays

Moving away from the traditional I have used Black and Glacier with a touch of Flaxen to create a totally different card.  Normally you would not associate black with Christmas but I love this combination as it stands out so much from the traditional reds and greens.  I think the black image helps the polar bear look like it is in a window looking out at you – what do you think?   Again I have used some Glacier Fundamentals paper from the Whimsy pack which gives a nice background to the stamped image.

Finally I have done a pink Christmas card.  Pink is not a colour normally associated with Christmas but I just wanted to do a fun card and I love this parcel set from the Artbooking cartridge.  It is great to layer and have some fun with colours and textures.

CTMH SOTM Home for the Holidays non-traditional cardI have cut out the parcels from Pink glitter paper and backed with some Cotton Candy cardstock.  To add some interest to the parcels I have used some silver  geometric washi tape on a couple of the parcels to keep with the silver and pink theme.  I don’t normally use a lot of washi tape and strips like this but today I have done that with good effect.  The Pink spotted washi tape (unfortunately NLA) and the pink and silver shimmer trims add a base on which to place the parcels which helps pull the card together.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Ruby, Glacier, Black, Cotton Candy, Pink Glitter,

Paper – Yuletide, Snowhaven, Paper Fundamentals – Whim

Inks – Black, Ruby, Glacier, New England Ivy

Stamps – SOTM – Home for the Holidays, Yuletide Carol WOTH, Holiday Tags, Sparkle & Shine WOTG (NLA), Scandinavian Wishes SOTM (NLA)

Aqua Dots

Cricut Cartidges – Artiste, Art Philosophy, Art Philosophy

Pink spotted washi tape.

Silver Shimmer Trim

Pink Shimmer Trim

Silver geometric washi tape

Cotton Candy spotted washi tape (NLA)

Clear Sparkles

Bitty Sparkles

Shinshan Touch Twin markers – Cherry

Gold Sequins

Embossing folder – Dots

Home for  the Holidays is only available until 31 October  from your CTMH consultant.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Vandra’s blog – Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom.  I am sure she has an amazing project for you to admire.

Have a good week.

Happy Crafting