Last Chance Blog Hop - Annual Inspirations 15/16

Blog Badge Welcome to the Australasian Last Chance Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from  Georgia's Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase products that are leaving the Close To My Heart range on July 31, 2016.  We've taken the time to create inspiring projects for you.  Hope you like them! retiring colours, 20167 colours lea…

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CTMH Australasian Stampaganza Blog Hop

Blog Badge Welcome to the Australasian Stampaganza Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Maz's Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring Stamps from Close To My Heart.  This  month you can order 2 stamps sets and get one free. We don't have grandchildren yet but we have a very adorable g…

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CTMH Australiasian Share The Love Blog Hop

Blog Badge Welcome to the Australasian Share The Love Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Lauren's Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Share The Love Stamp Set (CC1060) from Close To My Heart.  This stamp set is only available THIS month. Share the Love Stamp Set Mike and I had the great pleasure of…

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CTMH Australasian Charlotte Collection Blog Hop

Blog Badge Welcome to the Australasian Charlotte Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Wendy's Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Charlotte Collection from Close To My Heart. collections - Page 002   I don't usually share layouts without photos but the little lady who will adorn these pages hasn't …

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Quick and Easy Valentine Card

I like to offer small, thoughtful acknowledgements to the staff of my mum's aged care facility.  They work for a low wage and put up with a lot from residents and families.  My mum is loved and very well cared for where she is and the staff deserve to know they are appreciated.  Valentine's Day is a good excuse to give them a card each. Valentine card - Page 005 The inspiration for these cards came from Pinterest.  Christine Franc at stampedblessings.com was the creator. The cute little character on my cards is Sticky B…

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Beloved Bouquet Carborder

Today I'm sharing our Make and Take project from yesterday's Paper Picnic.  It was really popular and everyone fell in love with this month's Stamp of the Month after using it. I was inspired by a card shared by Margaret Maroney on our team Facebook page. S1601 Here is the card version s0116 CARD And here it is as a border on a page layout S0116 layout The single bloom is a sweet focal point.  It is stamped in Poppy ink.  For the base, ink the stamp, stamp once onto scrap paper and then stamp onto your cardstock without r…

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Best Day - Zoe Workshop on the Go

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I love this layout from the Zoe Workshop on the Go.  It provides a big canvas for photo placement.  The layout comes from the Magic How To Book (9040).  It's called One Way Mirror.

These photos were taken when we were in Hawaii for the Close To My Heart Incentive Trip.  80 of us took a sunset cruise and got to watch the lights come on in Waikiki.  Everything had a lovely pink glow.  When we looked out the other side of the boat, the sun was putting on a show for us.

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National Stamping Month Paper Picnic

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We celebrated National Stamping Month along with the launch of the CTMH Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions catalogues last Saturday.  Our event was a Paper Picnic attended by 35 ladies.

A Paper Picnic is a relaxed day spent creating with paper.  Some scrapbook , others make cards or create mini albums and gifts.  Everyone brought a plate to share for lunch, a bright happy smile and a willingness to try something new.

We began the day making Carborders - one for each of the new paper colle…

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Learn while you play

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I had my first play with our new Water Colour Paint set today and it was FUN!    I have opened the lid of the paints several times but I've been too scared to have a go.

After chatting to a couple of consultants at our state training day yesterday I was encouraged to just try something small and easy.

A card is a good first project when trialling new products.  A card is a good first project when trialling new products.


I simply painted 3 shades of blue across a piece of white daisy cardstock, let it dry, stamped on top of it and then trimmed it down.  It's…

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Carborders - What's that all about?

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I share a love of paper, stickers, bling, inks and stamps with card makers and album makers.  We are often all creating in the same room at a workshop.

One of the things I love to do for my customers is offer the opportunity to try new products via a Make and Take project.  I'm always in a dilemma about whether the project should be a card or a page border.

So, I put my thinking cap on and found a way to make something everyone can use!  It's called a Carborder. We begin with a 4" strip of cardsto…

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