Christmas Gift Voucher Cards

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This week I have been busy making Christmas goodies for Gift Hutt.  I have nearly sold out of my gift voucher cards and thought I would make some more using some different techniques.  I had a look on Pinterest and found this idea using the Stampin Up top note die on this site here.  They were very quick and easy to do.

I have been going through my supplies to do a de-stash and found a packet of Kaisercraft Leaf and Twig papers that coordinated really well with White Pines, Fern and Ruby cardstock.  So I have made some card holders and also some Christmas sweet treats with them.  I have had the little stamp set for many years and it is so cute.  Unfortunately, the shop that I bought it from has just closed down.   I have used the CTMH blender pen to colour in the images for a bit of colour.

Top Note Gift Card Holders

Top Note Gift Card Holders

Here are the sweet treats inspired by a CTMH consultant Karen Campbell Leach using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  These were also quick to make and I have used a combination of White Pines and the Kaisercraft Leaf and Twig papers.

Art Philosophy Sweet Treats

Materials used:

Cardstock – Ruby, Topiary, Fern, Kraft (CTMH)

Papers CTMH White Pines, Kaisercraft Leaf and Twig

Ink – Desert Sand, Black, Fern, Ruby (CTMH)

Stamps – Hastings Rubber Stamps Not a Peep – (NLA)

CTMH blender pen

White Pines Assortments

Stampin Up Top Note Die

Cricut Cartridge – CTMH Art Philosophy

Cranberry Baker’s Twine

Cranberry chevron ribbon

Durable studs – bronze round

Various punches – 1 3/4″ Stampin Up, 1 1/4″ CTMH, 1″ Fiskars

All these will be available for sale at Gift Hutt.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting.



A whole new world coming to New Zealand with Close to My Heart


I have just been to the Close to My Heart Opportunity Event in Auckland last week and I am very excited about this opportunity.  The career pathway looks great and the products will allow people to be a lot more creative.  I have put a Cricut Expressions 2 on layby and can’t wait to get the cartridges from CTMH to play with.  They look so cool and it will be nice to be able to make my own embellishments to match my scrapbook layouts and cards.  I am also looking to the three dimensional elements on the cartridge and will be looking at doing some workshops at Make Shift when Make Shift gets established.  The other thing that is really cool is that I can just do parties online as well as doing parties with people.

We had a little play with some inks, papers and cute glitter embellishments and the papers and cardstock are lovely.  It took a while to work out how to use the ink pads, but I have got it sussed now.  The stamps are great and easy to use and I will be looking at building up my CTMH stamp kits.  I am also looking forward to playing with the alcohol markers as well.

Just as well I have joined a de-stash Facebook site to start clearing out some of my old stock to make room for Close to My Heart.

In the meantime I have got back to basics and will be teaching heat embossing at my card making class tomorrow at the Upper Hutt Library.  When I first started doing cards too many years ago to remember I started with heat embossing and I still have my heat tool as well (which is starting to get a little sick and I will finally get a new one once I sign up with CTMH).  I remember a lot of hit and misses then, but I have discovered using a embossing buddy (a kind of chalk in a bag) that helps with keeping the card clean and my endeavours are much more successful now.  Here are a few of the cards I have made with heat embossing:

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I found some papers that I bought years ago as a 6 x 6 paper pack at The Warehouse and they matched perfectly with the pink cardstock from Stampin‘Up.  I also like the combination of gold and pink and the result is some very retro looking cards, but some people still like these classic cards so I will be putting them in Make Shift as well.  I have coloured the images using a watercolour pen and Stampin’Up inks.  I have also used my artist quality paints in the past with good effect as well.

The materials I have used here are:

Stampin’Up Cardstock – pink

Stampin’Up ribbon – Light Pink

Stampin’Up inks – Old Olive, Artichoke, Regal Rose, So Saffron, More Mustard

Kaisercraft stamps

Kaisercraft rhinestones

Peelcraft stickers

Creative Memories Custom Cutting System – ovals

Creative Memories Border Maker – Twinkle Chain Cartridge

Cuttlebug and embossing folders – Swiss Dots and Edges

Cuttlebug Die – Whimsy

For the heat embossing I have used a versamark ink pad and the powder is Ultra Detail Embossing Powder – gold.

I hope the ladies tomorrow get inspired to branch out and do more with their stamps and inks.

I am now going to look at doing some digital scrapbooking to get put onto canvases for Make Shift to sell.

Happy crafting





Special cards for the budding ballerina

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I have been busy going through all my stash and found these gorgeous papers that I bought years ago when I first starting scrapbooking.  They are from K & Company and the pack is called Hopscotch.  I have no idea if they are still available, but the papers make beautiful cards.  I have already done a couple of layouts of my ballet forms from many years ago and will perhaps keep a couple of papers for layouts for my daughter for when she did ballet.  I managed to match up the colours with various cardstock that I had already and I am really pleased with how they turned out.  For most of these cards I have distressed the edges and that has helped with making the different papers stand out more from the backgrounds.  The little pictures of flowers, butterflies and tutus have been fussy cut out from the paper.  These cards have been easy as the paper and colour coordination was made easy by using the same range of papers.

I am sure these will go down a treat at Make Shift.

Here they are:

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K & Company Hopscotch 12 x 12 pad

Creative Memories Cardstock – Pink Shimmer

Bazzill Cardstock – Bling (sorry not sure of the name)

Peelcraft stickers

Kaisercraft pink pearls

Stampin‘Up greeting

Versamark stamp pad

Gold embossing powder

Creative Memories Place-n-Punch – Blossom

Creative Memories Custom Cutting System – circles.

Tim Holtz Distressing Ink – Victorian Velvet

I am really excited to be going to Auckland tomorrow to find out more about Close to My Heart and also get my hands on some of the products.  I can’t wait to join up and start having workshops at Make Shift.

I hope you all keep well and safe and Happy Crafting


More Christmas cards

Hello again.

I am still making a lot of Christmas cards.  This time I have used some old watercolour paintings that were rubbish and then stamped on them and used my custom cutting set to cut out the images.  I am quite pleased with the results.










For this card I have used a landscape painting with hills and far trees and stamped my tree on the top.  For the snow effect I have used Liquid Applique and dusted this with fine glitter for a touch of sparkle.  I then cut out an oval of dark green card and placed it over my image.  I then used Peelcraft stickers for the corners and edges.










This another card using a watercolour background.  This one used a plain sky background that I had painted years ago.  I have used the Liquid Applique and glitter again to create the snow effect.  My custom cutting system is great for cutting out the matted image as well as cutting out the green card in the foreground.  A Peelcraft Christmas greeting finishes off this card.










For this card I have stamped a Santa image onto a plain slightly watercoloured background.  I painted the Santa image with my watercolour paints.  The Santa beard has had flock applied for a fluffy effect and for the trim on the coat and hat I have used Liquid Applique and glitter.  I have used a combination of red and green scraps for the background, matted greeting and the ribbon.  The touch of bling is from the Enchanted epoxy stickers.










This card has another stamped image on a lightly coloured watercolour background.  I have painted the stamp with my watercolours and then I have matted it on a green card using my custom cutting system.  The base of the image needed to be covered hence I have placed the band across the card.  For the grey card I have used my zigzig blade on my rotary trimmer for the fancy edge.  I then placed the blue card on top and finished with a strip of green ribbon from the Noel range of products from Creative Memories.  I have put three stickers from the Enchanted epoxy stickers on the ribbon.  Finally I placed a Peelcraft sticker onto the card.










This rather simple card also has another tree stamped onto a watercolour background.  I managed to get some hills in the background to create some depth to the image.  Once again I have used the Liquid Applique and glitter to create snow on the tree.  This time I have stamped Merry Christmas onto the image and then cut it out using my custom cutting system.  I used a scrap of green patterned paper for the background and then finished of with a strip of ribbon from the Noel range (which sadly is being discontinued, but the new range of Nordic and Be Merry is just as good) with some bling from the Enchanted epoxy stickers.










I love the blue and grey tones on this card.  I have stamped the tree with blue (actually it was not meant to happen but still turned out great) ink onto a lovely watercolour hill paper.  Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to stamp it evenly so covered the blank areas with the stamp of Peace and a flower from the Reminisce range from CM and with a black sticker from the Enchanted epoxy range.  I then cut out the image and matted it with blue card using the custom cutting system.  The lacey edge is made from using a punch from Fiskers and layed using a lovely cream metallic paper and a silver grey card that I had in my scrap drawer.  I then cut a piece of the same blue card approximately 1 inch in diameter and topped it off with a piece of the metallic paper using the deckle blade on my rotary trimmer.  To finish of I have stamped the greeting and then placed some Kaisercraft blue rhinestones.

Materials used in these products:

Creative Memories rotary trimmer, custom custom cutting system, Noel range of ribbons, Enchanted epoxy stickers Reminisce flower

Kaisercraft Christmas Sentiments and Turtle Dove stamps

StampinUp green and blue papers

Happy crafting and catch you again soon.


Green and blue card stock from Timbrels in Upper Hutt

Scrap cards and papers.