CTMH Cricut Cartridges

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Cricut cartridges

Since I have started with Close to My Heart I have relished the chance to do lots of different papercrafts.  I have purchased all three Cricut cartridges and I am constantly looking at the booklets that come with the cartridges to do different things.  The Artiste cartridge is great for doing 3 dimensional items such as rolled flowers and lots of different boxes along with an impressive range of embellishments, the Art Philosophy is great for tags and labels while the Artbooking is a very versatile cartridge that does lots of overlays as well as lots of different embellishments for both scrapbooking and cardmaking.  I have used metal dies in the past but rarely use them now as while you can get a clean and crisp image with them you are limited to the size of the die.  With the Cricut machine I can cut each image at whatever size I want plus each cartridge comes with about 700 images, three stamp sets to coordinate with them and dimensional elements to add that little something special to a card or layout.   With all these images on the three cartridges I have not even thought about buying other cartridges.

From the Artiste cartridge I have  made these note boxes from page 65 of the booklet.  They have been cut from Cotton Candy and Buttercup cardstock at 4 1/4″.  (If you love the Buttercup cardstock it is on the retiring list so be in quick to order it).  It is a beautiful colour.  The flowers are cut from the Artiste cartridge as well and the leaves from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

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Here is a close up of using the piercing tool to create a pattern on the edge.

DSCF1465Here is some small cards made out of the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I have cut them all out at 3″ to fit the 3″ envelopes available from CTMH as a bulk order.  You can see with these cards how it it so easy to cut different sizes for the tags to layer on top of the cards.  I have used 4 different shapes for the cards.

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I love how the stamp sets coordinate with cartridges.  I have used the stamp sets that come with the cartridges.

Finally here are a couple of examples from the Artbooking cartridge.  I have cut the overlay at 2 1/2″ and it made a nice background to layer the tags from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

DSCF1451This is a sneak peak of my next post for the Paper Trail Blog Hop featuring the Balloon Ride papers.  I have cut an overlay as well as the titles from the ArtBooking cartridge.  This is such an amazing cartridge and I use it all the time.  I have placed small strips of different coloured cardstock behind the overlay to make this colourful addition to the overlay.

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Cardstock – Colonial White, Pear, Sherbet, Sky Blue, Creme Brulee, Saddle, Cashmere, Cotton Candy, Buttercup, Hollyhock

Papers – Lollydoodle, Balloon Ride

Inks – Cotton Candy, Pear, Desert Sand, Topiary

Stamps – Distressed Backgrounds,

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Art Philosophy, Artbooking

Flamingo dots

Topiary ribbon

Brad from the Embellishment

Bakers Twine

Liquid Glass

Pink polka dot washi tape

Brads from the Extraordinary Embellishments pack for $30 when you spend $75

If you would like to order any of these products please visit my shop here.

Have a great week and I will be back next week with another creation.

Happy Crafting



CTMH Mother’s Day cards

Hello again and welcome to my new followers.  I hope you enjoy reading my blog and get inspiration from my projects.

After a very busy week with two blog hops I have settled down with some cards for Mother’s Day next Sunday.   I enjoy using different colours and combinations and CTMH make it so easy with the wide range of colours and patterns they have for us to use.

Here are just a few that I have made:


For this card I have used tone on tone with Lagoon with a hint of soft green in the background matting.  I am happy with the different patterns here – what do you think?  I have also finally found a way to use the Lagoon zipper lace and I am looking forward to using it more.  I have also used Lagoon washi tape on White Daisy cardstock to add even more pattern to the card.  The photo does not do the colours or texture justice.


I love the simplicity of this card.  This paper and vellum is from the Free to Be Me paper pack that is only available this month and there is gorgeous papers and this wonderful gold polka dotted vellum.  I have teamed it with some patterned paper from the same paper pack and stamped the images with Lagoon ink and completed the card with the Aqua dots.


I must confess I have used this pattern before but I wanted a simple yet elegant card.  This beautiful red paper is from the Free to Be Me paper pack again I have used the sentiment from the Mother’s Day stamp set with the lovely silhouette from the Sweet Moments stamp set.  I have fussy cut the image out and used foam tape to adhere it to the card.


Here is another Skylark card (I love the name of the papers!) The edging is actually a negative image from a die cut that I had cut for a mini album.  I never throw anything away and this has come up lovely and I have added some Lagoon cardstock to create a ribbon effect and added a slate twist tie.  I really like using the frames and sentiments as they make such a lovely addition to a cut and a nice change from the very square tags I used to do all the time.

DSCF1322Here is another card from the Free to Be Me paper pack.  I have cut the shapes out using the Art Philosophy cartridge in White Daisy and the red patterned cardstock that came with the pack.  The flower is from the Art Philosophy Cricut stamp collection and cut in half with an Aqua dot in the middle.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Lagoon,

Paper – Skylark, Free to Be Me, 

Inks – Lagoon, Ruby

Stamps – Mother’s Day, Sweet Moments, Cricut Art Philosophy Seasons Cricut Collection. Holiday Tags, Perfect Fit – Frames 2

Aqua dots

Cricut cartridge – Art Philosophy

Lagoon zipper lace

Lagoon washi tape

Slate twist tie

The Free to Be Me paper pack is available for this month only for $5 with any purchase of $75 or over.  The normal retail price is normally $18.


For further information about any of these products please feel free to contact me through my website here or my contact details are on my About Me page.

All these cards and more are available for sale at my shop Craft Hutt.

I hope you all have a good week.

Happy crafting




CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop – Balloon Talk

10001517_10152327088764808_982230598_n Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Jen’s Creative Classroom,  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, instead of my usual cards,  I would like to share with you a mini book which features the April Stamp of the Month Balloon Talk available exclusively throughout April for NZ$29 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

The Balloon Talk stamp set is really great to put little accents on scrapbook layouts and I have used them throughout the mini book. I have teamed up the Balloon Ride Papers with the Balloon Talk stamp set for the mini album.  I wasn’t sure about this paper range but I have changed my mind as the colours are so gorgeous.  I thought the patterns would be appropriate for a travel album.

My Cricut machine has been working overtime but I am so pleased with the outcome as I have never done anything like this before.  The Artbooking cartridge makes it so easy and all I had to do was to decide was what colour cardstock and papers I need to make my cuts. CTMH - Balloon Ride travel mini album CTMH - Balloon Ride travel mini album CTMH - Balloon Ride travel mini album CTMH - Balloon Ride travel mini album CTMH - Balloon Ride travel mini album CTMH - Balloon Ride travel mini album CTMH - Balloon Ride travel mini album CTMH - Balloon Ride travel mini albumHere is a close up of one page that I have put some of the Balloon Talk images on: CTMH - Balloon Ride travel mini album   The “Been There”, “Done That” stamps were really appropriate for this album as well. CTMH - Balloon Ride travel mini albumAs this album has been made to sell I have not added photos and I have used the sentiments on the tags of the pages as well as randomly throughout album. As I have said I have used the Balloon Ride paper pack with the titles and photo mats being in Colonial White.  The titles have been sponged with Cashmere to help soften them and stand out from the background cardstock or paper.

I do apologise for the quality of the photos but I think my camera needs to be looked at again.  I was thinking it was my eyesight but it could be the camera instead.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Crystal Blue, Saddle, Cashmere, Colonial White

Papers – Balloon Ride B&Ts

Inks – Cashmere

Cricut Cartridge – Artbooking

Stamp sets – Balloon Talk, Reel Life, Sweet and Lovely Cricut bundle

Bakers Twine – slate

Balloon Talk is only available until 30th April from your CTMH consultant here. ) I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Lauren’s Blog, CTMH Craftings. Happy Crafting Patricia

Skylark Wedding Cards

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I do apologise for missing last week’s post but I have had some family issues to deal with, and while they have settled down there is still going to be some problems to work through.

For this post I have been playing around with the last of my Skylark papers and have made some wedding cards.  I am really enjoying using a different combination of colours and papers to what I normally use.  Here I have used Lagoon and the beautiful Teal shimmer trim to create a pop of colour with the Skylark papers.

CTMH Skylark Wedding card

For this card I have used the pattern out of the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 page 46 and used a cut from the Artbooking cartridge (page 48) in Lagoon cardstock for the centre panel which fitted  in well.  I love using the Perfect Fit – Frames 2 for an accent and the little wedding couple from The Happy Couple stamp set fits perfectly in the middle.  The congrats stamp is from the Cricut Artiste Collection Kudos.  And I have finished the card with a flower from the Skylark Assortments.

CTMH Skylark Wedding card

For this card I have again used the Quatrefoil embossing folder to add some interest to the plain cardstock.  I love how the papes from Skylark are great for cards as well as for scrapbook layouts and here I have trimmed the corner of the 12 x 12 paper to fit the card base.  I have added an extra pennant topped with a blue epoxy bubble and the sentiment is from The Happy Couple stamp set.  A very simple yet elegant card.

CTMH Skylark CongratulationsAgain for this card I have manage to trim the patterned paper to fit the card and keep the lovely bird which ties in well with the striped lagoon paper for the bottom of the card.  I have cut the lovely ribbon out with the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  I the stamp is from The Happy Couple stamp set.  I have finished off with a couple of epoxy bubbles and the Teal shimmer trim.

CTMH Wedding card using Skylark and Lagoon

This card was very quick and easy with the Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  I have cut the same image but for a portrait card instead and teamed it with the Lagoon striped paper from Skylark pack and the Teal shimmer trim and just placed a simple sentiment on it matted with Lagoon cardstock.  Another simple, yet elegant card.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Lagoon

Paper – Skylark Paper Pack

Ink – Lagoon

Skylark assortment

Green and Blue Epoxy bubbles

Stamps – Cricut Artiste Collection, Kudos (only available as part of the Artiste Cricut Collection, The Happy Couple, Perfect Fit – Frames 2

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Art Philosophy and Artbooking

These cards will be available for sale at Craft Hutt, so if you live in Wellington do pop in and say hello and have a look at all the wonderful arts and crafts for sale.

I am going to be busy over the next few days as I have the Australasian CTMH SOTM hop coming up and I have also been invited to another blog hop featuring papers from CTMH.

I hope you all have a good week.

Happy Crafting.


Close to My Heart New Zealand

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I am so impressed with Close to My Heart designing stamp sets for Australia and New Zealand and have had this New Zealand set sitting around for a while waiting for a time to make some cards with them.  These stamps encapsulate the essence of New Zealand with lovely detailed images of a sheep, Kiwi and mountain ranges.  The sentiments are great as well.  I have teamed them with the lovely Timberline papers that evoke the colonial past of New Zealand.  And I have used my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut out some tags to do something different from what I normally do.  I normally use Desert Sand to distress but today I decided to try Cashmere and I was really pleased with the end result as that colour worked in really well with the Timberline range of papers.

CTMH NZ stamps

For this card I have  distressed the edges the tag  with Cashmere ink.  The image has been stamped with Black ink and coloured in with Sweet Leaf, Sky and Buttercup alcohol markers.  This tag has been matted onto some New England Ivy cardstock that brings out the image really well.  I have cut some scrap pieces of tartan paper and dovetailed them using scissors from the Timberline paper pack to create the ribbons for the tag.  The sentiment is inked with black and the card has been finished with some green epoxy bubbles.


This card was very quick to make.  I have cut the blue paper and woodgrain papers from the Timberline paper pack and distressed the edges with Cashmere ink.  I have used the zip strip to thread through the tag and attach to the card.  The tag has been distressed with Cashmere ink and the Kiwi and the sentiment was stamped in Chocolate ink and then some sparkles from the Black and Tan sparkles assortment finished off the tags.


This card has been created using the pattern from the Made it From the Heart Volume 2 book page 46.  This is such an easy pattern to use for all occasions.  I have added some Lagoon cardstock behind the very masculine looking papers to add a pop of colour.  The zip strip has been matted with Lagoon and Chocolate cardstock which picks up the colours in the strip.  I have again used Cashmere to distress the tag and the kiwi and sentiment has been stamped in Chocolate ink.  To finish off I have used a Slate twist tie and some tan epoxy bubbles.


Finally for this card I have used Cashmere cardstock and after cutting to size I have embossed it with the Quatrefoil embossing folder and distressed the edge with Cashmere ink.  The blue paper from the Timberline paper packet has been trimmed to size and then distressed with Cashmere ink.  I then cut a thin strip of Slate cardstock and using Slate ink I have stamped tone on tone using the arrow stamps from the Catch You Later set to echo the zip strip I later added.  I have stamped the sheep and sentiment with Slate ink on the tag and then distressed the tag with Cashmere ink.  I have attached the card using grey Bakers Twine and finished off by using some scraps of zip strip ad paper to create some banners to place at the top of the card.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Colonial White, Cashmere, Slate, New England Ivy, Chocolate, Lagoon

Papers -Timberline paper packet

Inks – Slate, Cashmere, Black, Chocolate

Green and Blue epoxy bubbles

Sparkles Black and Tan Assortment

Grey Bakers Twine

Stamps -New Zealand Greetings D1601, Catch You Later D1580

Embossing folder – Quatrefoil

Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Slate twist ties

Alcohol markers – Sweet Leaf, Sky, Buttercup

For further information please check out my website here or feel free to contact me.

I hope you all have a good week and I will catch up with you next week.

Happy Crafting


CTMH Bugs and Hugs Pop-Up Card

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This week I have decided to do something different with the Laughing Lola papers from CTMH.  This is quite a change from my usual pastels and pinks and I have always wanted a bugs and butterfly stamp set and this set is really cute and whimsical.  Unfortunately, this set is on the retiring list and will no longer be available at the end of the month so you will need to be in quick.

I have made up this design based on some books that I got out of the library many years ago.  I wanted to create the effect of a garden with butterflies and bees using a pop up technique and the Laughing Lola papers were a good match as they have lovely flowers and flourishes.

the front  of the card The middle of the card all finishedNormally I make up a card as I go along, but this time I played around with plain paper first to get my measurements correct and the right effect with the pop up.  Here is my prototype:

The prototypeAs you can see I have change the sentiment but I still have the general effect that I wanted.

For the base card I have used a piece of 12 x 12 Indian Corn Blue cardstock and cut it to make a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card.  This was distressed with Desert Sand ink.  For the front of the card I have then cut a piece of Colonial White cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″ and distressed it with Desert Sand ink.  I then cut out a piece of Laughing Lola patterned paper to try and get the flower and a flourish to allow me to add a bee on it 3 3/4″ x 5″.  This was also distressed with Desert Sand ink.

CTMH Laughing Lola with Bugs and HugsThese were put together.  I then added a clear flower onto centre of the flower and then stamped the bee image onto the Laughing Lola Gold cardstock and then fussy cut out the bee and using foam tape adhered it to the flower.  The sentiment is from Card Chatter – Birthday Wishes and was stamped onto Colonial White Cardstock.  After distressing with Desert Sand ink I then placed it on the card front and finished it with some black sparkle from the Black and Grey Sparkles assortment.

For the inside I have cut a piece of Colonial White cardstock 5 1/4″ x 8 “.  I had a strip of Laughing Lola paper to break the creamy white expanse and then cut it to fit the length of the Colonial White cardstock.   I scored the card in the middle and then folded it with the patterned paper in the inside. On the outside I measured in from the edge and cut three lines on each end of the card as indicated on the photo below.  You can vary the length of these cuts to suit your project.  I found that the longer cuts were better on the inside rather than the outside.

Cuts to create the pop up

I then used my trimmer to score the fold lines to help make it easier to fold the creases.

Scoring the edges for foldingHere is the cards with the cuts and creases done ready to crease.

The lines cut and scoredHere I have taken several angles to show how I have folded this card.

Side view of the folds

the back view of the folds

The front of the inner with all the folds and the patterned paper stripI then stamped several images using Black ink on various coloured cardstock (see list below in the materils used) and then fussy cut them out ready to embellish the card.

The stamped embellishmentsFor the grass edging I have used the paper piecing technique again to add a little colour to the mushrooms and toadstools and used my alcohol markers to colour in the flowers.   The pieces were distressed with Desert Sand ink to add some dimension to the image and then glued to the base image.  I then glued the caterpillar on top of the leaves and toadstools.

The caterpiller on the grassFor the butterflies to stand up and away from the grass I have cut a couple of small strips and adhered them to the butterflies.  These were distressed with Desert Sand ink. (A good alternative to use would be acetate but I didn’t have any).

Butterflies on long pieces of cardI then adhered these strips to the narrow pop ups on the outside.

the butterflies being glued onto the foldThe grass and caterpillar image was then adhered to the front of the larger fold.  I had to use the long strips to stop the butterflies from being squashed when the card is folded.

The grass and caterpillar glued to the front of the middle foldI have popped a couple of little ladybirds that I have stamped with Black ink on Ruby cardstock on to finish the garden effect and also to hide the long strip on the left.

To complete the inner card I cut out two pieces of Colonial White Cardstock – one  at 3 1/2″ x 1 2/8 ” and stamped the butterfly sentiment on it and the other one at 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and stamped the Bugs and Hugs sentiment on it.  Both pieces of card were distressed and adhered to the inner card.  I have finished off by adding some black sparkles on the butterfly sentiment.

Here is the finished inner again.

The middle of the card all finishedAnd here are some close up of the embellishments.

Close up Close up of the grass and caterpillar Close upMaterials used are all CTMH:

Cardstock – Colonial White, Ruby, Laughing Lola Gold, Laughing Lola Purple, Olive, Desert Sand, Gypsy, Indian Corn Blue (The Laughing Lola Gold and Lauging Lola Purple cardstock is available only with the WOTG sets which is also retiring, but the paper pack will still be available for this Ideas Book.

Laughing Lola paper pack

Ink – Black, Desert Sand

Alcohol Markers – Cotton Candy, Buttercup

Stamp Set – Bugs and Hugs (D1535), Card Chatter – Birthday (D1475) – both are on the retiring list

Clear flower

Sparkles – Black and Grey assortment.

I can’t believe how quickly I have learnt the names of all the colours from the CTMH range.  They are beautiful and coordinate so well.

I have just had a sneak peak at the new Ideas Book due to come out next week and it looks really exciting.  I can’t wait to get my hands on the new embossing folders and the papers are soooo beautiful.  Watch this space…

I hope that everyone has a good week and are keeping warm or cool and safe wherever you are in the world.

Happy Crafting


CTMH Paper Doll Cards Using Paper Piecing


I would like to pass on my best wishes to all my Facebook and blogging friends who are experiencing extreme weather conditions at the moment.  I hope you are all keeping well and safe in either the extreme heat or the very very cold weather.

For my post today I have used the gorgeous Paper Doll (D1547) stamp set which takes me back to my childhood.  I loved playing with paper dolls and dressing them up with different clothes and this stamp set is so cute and it is almost like what I had as a child.  The good news is that this stamp set is still going to be available in the new product guide coming next month.

I have used a paper piecing technique to create the clothes as well as some colouring in with my alcohol markers.  Splitcoaststampers have a tutorial on paper piecing and you can find it on this link.

For these little girls I have stamped the image of the girl on White Daisy cardstock and then I have stamped the outfits onto the some scrap White Daisy cardstock to have a base for the patterned papers.  These images have been fussy cut out carefully.

I have used Chantilly papers to create a lovely combination of clothes for my little girl and as it is already so beautifully coordinated it was easy to do.  Unfortunately, the Chantilly papers will not be continued with the next product guide.  However, I have seen the new Product Guide and I love the new papers coming out.  Watch this space…

CTMH - Paper Doll stamp set - Paper piercing

For this card I have stamped the top onto a piece of yellow patterned paper and then fussy cut it out and adhered it to the base outfit.  And for the pants I have used my Pear alcohol markers to colour in the pants and the Cotton Candy alcohol markers for colouring in the bag etc.  I then used the little tags to glue the outfit onto the base girl image.  The hair has been coloured in using Buttercup alcohol markers.  The hat has made by stamping the hat image onto Desert Sand cardstock and then fussy cut.  I have coloured the flowers using the above alcohol markers and using a craft knife I have cut along the edge of the hat to allow me to place it on the head of the girl.

To complete the card I have embossed the Cotton Candy cardstock with my Swiss Dots embossing folder from Cuttlebug and  stamped the cross stitch from the Stitch Wonder stamp set onto the Buttercup card and adhered it to the base card stock.  I have used scrap yellow patterned paper to make some ribbons and finished off by stamping the sentiment from the You are My Happy stamp set onto a piece of White Daisy cardstock.

CTMH - Paper Doll Stamp set - Paper Piercing CTMH Paper Doll stamp set - Paper piercing

On the bottom two cards for the dresses I have stamped onto the pink patterned paper and then carefully cut out just the dress and using my Bonded Memories glue stick adhered it onto the base of the clothes.  I then stamped the same image onto the green paper for the pants and again cut out the pants carefully and adhered them onto the base with my glue stick.  I have used my Cotton Candy and Pear alcohol markers to colour in the flowers on one of the dresses.   I then used the little tags to glue the outfit onto the base girl image.The hair has been coloured in using Buttercup alcohol markers.  The hat has made by stamping the hat image onto Desert Sand cardstock and then fussy cut.  I have coloured the flowers using the above alcohol markers and using a craft knife I have cut along the edge of the hat to allow me to place it on the head of the girl.  For the head band I have stamped the image of the head band onto Cotton Candy

For a touch of whimsy I have used the grass from the Bugs and Hugs stamp set which looks quite cute and gives a background for the girl to stand on in the middle card.

On the bottom card I have stamped the lemon image onto Buttercup cardstock and then fussy cut them and then halved them to make the border.

For both cards I have stamped the image of the sign onto Desert Sand cardstock and cut it out and adhered it to the card. 

I love the sentiments with this stamp set and for the bottom two cards I have used Outdoor Denim ink to stamp the sentiments on White Daisy cardstock and trimmed them to fit and matted them with Pear cardstock.

To complete the cards I have added a touch of bling with the clear sparkles and epoxy bubbles.

This technique helps to create a little three dimensional feel to the girls and the girls really look like they are about to step out of the cards.

The top card is from a recipe from the Make it From Your Heart Volume 2.  This is such a versatile book with lots of great ideas for both scrapbooking and cardmaking.  There are a number of different books with lots of ideas available on my website.

Materials used:

Stamp sets – Paper Doll (D1547), Stitch Wonder (C1564), Cricut Artiste Collection Kudos (D1530), Bugs and Hugs (D1535) (retiring), You are My Happy (no longer available)

Cardstock – White Daisy, Desert Sand, Buttercup, Cotton Candy, Pear

Chantilly Paper Pack

Inks – Pear, Cotton Candy, Outdoor Denim

Alcohol Markers – Cotton Candy, Pear, Buttercup

Clear Sparkles

Green and Blue Epoxy Bubbles

Bonding Memories Glue

Pink glitter gems

White Bakers twine

Cuttlebug embossing folder – Swiss Dots

I hope that you all have a great week and I will catch up with you next week.

Happy Crafting