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Kia Ora Koutou

Welcome back and today I have another card and basket featuring the gorgeous APG Doily Round and Richelieu Square dies with some handcrafted Wild Rose flowers from Heartfelt Creations. This basket is the perfect size to fit a Whittakers chocolate bar for a lovely gift for someone special.

I have made a short video on how I created this basket here:

Products Used:

APG dies – Doily Round, Richelieu Square

Heartfelt Creations – Wild Rose, Black Cardstock

Dress My Craft – Soft Floral Oriental Paper, Sparkling Dust, Thread Stamens – Green, Styrofoam buds – 7mm 5mm, Drop Shape Wire Stamens No 2 and 3, Curved Flower, Curved Flower Die

Altenew Vintage Roses Stamp Set

Inks – Memento Lilac Posies, Bamboo Leaves, Versamagic Pretty Petunia, Ranger Archival ink – Vivid Chartreuse

Cardstock – Neenah White Solar Cardstock – 110 LB, 90 LB

Lawn Fawn Pearlescent Vellum

Fun Foam

Foam Strips


Stampendous Opaque White Embossing Powder

I hope that I have inspired you to create something different for a special gift.

Happy Crafting

Ka Kite Anu


Australasian Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard the Australasian Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Mandy’s Blog, Hall of Indulgence, 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 these cards which features the November  stamp of the month “Illuminate”. I have enjoyed the challenge of working with this stamp set as it is quite different to what I normally work with and I hope you like my offering.

I love working with clear acrylic stamps and Close to My Heart clear My Acrylix stamps are the best quality I have ever used over too many years I care to remember!  With clear stamps it is so easy to place your stamps accurately on your paper and with these samples I have tried to show you how you can link up stamps to create a more complete image.

To start with I did some basic cards but decided that I needed to do something a little different with yet another folded card.  I searched Google and ended up on Split Coast Stampers again for a recessed window card.  The link for this tutorial is here.  I also wanted to convey a message of light shining on Mary and child and the birth of Christianity.

Here is my version using the “Illuminate Stamp” and “Mary and Babe” stamp sets and the lovely silver paper from Holiday from the Heart Gift Guide. Recessed window card using CTMH November SOTM Illuminate , and Holidays from the Here are some close ups to show more details of this card. Recessed window card using CTMH November SOTM Illuminate , and Holidays from the_0002 I have stamped the image of the Mary and Babe in slate grey on the background cardstock slightly to the right of the card to take into account the lantern that would be hanging there. Recessed window card using CTMH November SOTM Illuminate , and Holidays from the_0001To create the lamp post I have stamped the image on a piece of scrap cardstock and then fussy cut out the image and then using a sharp craft knife I have cut out around the swirls on the top of the lamp post.  When fussy cutting or cutting with a knife it is very important to move the paper or card around and not your scissors or knife as you get a better result. I have used alcohol markers (buttercup) to colour in the lamp to create a little bit of colour (and create the image of light shining onto Mary and her baby) to a very serene silver/grey colour scheme.  To stamp the yellow rays of light on the base card I have put the lantern in the approximate place it would end up and then marked the spot with a pencil and then stamped with buttercup ink to create the rays of light.  I have used my Bonding Memories glue to adhere the lamp post onto the side of the card and then put two layers of foam adhesive to create the correct height of the lantern with the recessed window, and to stabilise the lantern. Recessed window card using CTMH November SOTM Illuminate , and Holidays from the_0002Using my Cricut I cut out the sentiment shape and then stamped the sentiment from “Illuminate” in black.  I also cut out the edging on the shape from Twilight cardstock and glued it onto the background shape.  I felt that it needed a little more black and balance so added the black bakers twine.  I finished off with some sparkles to add a little shine. Here are my first efforts with the “lluminate” stamp set: CTMH November SOTM Illuminate CTMH November SOTM Illuminate CTMH November SOTM Illuminate The materials I have used are:

November SOTM set – “IlluminateHolidays from the Heart – “Mary and Babe”

Daisy White cardstock

Black cardstock

Twilight cardstock

Buttercup cardstock

Juniper cardstock Slate

Cardstock Holidays from the Heart Sparkle and Shine B&T Duos 

Buttercup alcohol markers

Black and white bakers twine

Cuttlebug embossing folder – Swiss Dots

Cricut – Art Philosophy cartridge

Clear sparkles Adhesives –

Tombow tape runner and Bonding Memories glue

This exclusive stamp of the month is only available during November. It can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $29 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order in my online store.  I’d love you to leave a comment and some liking before heading off to the next stop, Monika’s blog, A Sprinkle of Glitter.

Happy Crafting Patricia

Close to My Heart “You Are My Happy” Trifold Cards

Hello everyone and another special welcome to my new followers.

I was looking at Pinterest yesterday and came across instructions for a trifold card.  I have never really done these cards before, preferring to just do standard cards as they are so quick and easy.  However, when I saw the instructions and how easy they are to do I was inspired to try with some scraps of my Chantilly papers and I had purchased a pack of 12 x 12 Colonial White cardstock so it was a lot easier to cut up the card and get the creases right.

This month there is a special deal for National Stamping Month where if you spend $75 you can get the ‘You are My Happy’ stamp set for just $15.  This is really great value as the set normally costs $77 and along with the stamp of the month set at $5 you can get all these stamps for $20 with a value of over $100.  I can’t believe how generous Close to My Heart is!  Anyway the images in this stamp set are cute and quirky and fitted in really well with this card.  I have also used a sentiment from the same set on the front of the card and the birthday greeting is from the Card Chatter – Birthday set.  I am really loving these stamps as they give a nice crisp image and are so easy to place just where you want to put them.

If you would like to purchase these stamps or any other Close to My Heart products you can visit my website here

I found the instructions for the Trifold cards here:

Here is my version

Close to My Heart Trifold Card Close to My Heart Trifold Card Close to My Heart Trifold CardMaterials used:

Cardstock – Colonial White

Cardstock – Desert Sand

Chantilly papers

You are My Happy Stamp set

Card Chatter – Birthday Stamp set

Outdoor Denim ink

This is a great way to finish off your scrap papers as well.

I hope you all have a great day and Happy Stamping




Make Shift is all Go

Hi everyone

I am so excited to announce, after several months of hard work, we have finally managed to get a lease signed on a shop in Lower Hutt and Make Shift is now a real shop!.  We open the beginning of next month and we are in a great location with a wonderful shop layout with two workshop areas in the back.  I would like to thank my fellow Collective who helped to make this happen through lots of trials and tribulations.  They have been amazing and deserve to make a success of this venture.   So if you happen to be in Lower Hutt, Wellington make sure that you come and visit us.  The address is 8 Margaret Street, opposite Queensgate Shopping Complex.  We would love to see you there so please spread the word as we would really love to make this a success and a place for local people to sell their handcrafted creations.

I am also excited about getting my Consultants kit from Close to My Heart and my first order.   I am like a kid in a lolly store with so much to choose from lol.  And the papers (especially the Chantilly papers) are so lovely I didn’t want to cut them up to make cards.  But I did manage to steel myself to make the first cut and here is one of the first cards that I have made with my new products.
Chantilly card

Materials used are from CTMH (of course):

Chantilly paper

Chantilly Complements

Pink Glitter Gems

Sparkles Clear Flourish – small

Sentiment from the You are My Happy stamp set

Inks – Desert Sand for distressing and Cotton Candy for the sentiment

Cardstock – Bamboo

The You be Happy stamp set is an exclusive stamp set that is only available for this month and it is great value for only $15 when you spend $75.  This set has a retail value of $77 so it is great value and a good stamp set to get started.

I will be busy making more cards for Make Shift and will look at doing some workshops there for those who are interested in learning how to use these great products to make some amazing cards.  I am planning to do a chocolate themed workshop which should be a lot of fun.  I will keep you posted.

In the meantime I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Happy Crafting.


Cool cards for those difficult to please teenagers

Hello there.

Welcome to all my new followers and thank you to all those that visit and take the time to comment and like my posts.  I really appreciate the feedback.

I am back to showing some of my cards that will be available at Make Shift when we open.  I don’t know about you but sometimes I find it very difficult to make cards for teenage girls who are not into the flowers or butterflies or all things girly.  So when I was in the local $2 shop I found these really cool layered stickers for these cards.  I have made use of my CM border maker to make some borders as a contrast so the cards are quite edgy and not soft or feminine at all.  I think the contrast between the deep pink and black is kind of cool as well.  Anyway, here they are:

Cool chick handcrafted card Pink and black handcrafted card Pink and black handcrafted  card for teenagers Disco ball handcrafted card Rock chick handcrafted card


The materials I have used are:

Bazzill card stock

Plain black cardstock

Creative Memories Border Maker – hexagon and banner cartridges

Peelcraft stickers

Stampin‘Up greeting stamps

Couture Creations Drink Me embossing folder

I am really looking forward to going to Auckland in a couple of weeks to check out the launch of Close to My Heart in New Zealand.  I am drooling over the cartridges for the Cricut machine and am scouring Trade Me for some bargains.  I like using my Cuttlebug, but it will be nice to have an accurate cut each time and be able to layer the images and stamps together.  It should add a whole new dimension to my crafting.

I hope everyone has a good weekend and I will catch up soon with some more cards and/or photographs.

Happy crafting