Feb 1, 2018

Sunny Thoughts (S1802)- February Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Close To My Heart Sunny Thoughts- February Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Maz Wood's aMAZing Close To My Heart Creations, 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 a few card projects that I have created featuring the February Stamp of the Month, Sunny Thoughts. This stamp set, which is featured in our NEW Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book, is available only in February 2018 for $27, or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more.

Sunny Thoughts is a completely adorable stamp set that is perfect for creating birthday and thank you cards, inspirational cards and tags; special gifts for your loved-ones and fun, sunny scrapbook layouts.  The stamp set features cute floral images and sensational sentiments. It includes 13 stamps that fit My Acrylix® blocks in sizes 1" × 1" (Y1000), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 1" × 6½" (Y1005), 3" × 3" (Y1006) and 2" × 6½" (Y1010).  Note that the stamp image outlined in blue coordinate with the Basic Circle Thin Cuts (Z3318), which is sold separately. 

My first project is a thank you card which also features stamps from the Chelsea Gardens- Scrapbooking stamp set (D1760), paper from the Make Waves Paper Packet (Xy227D) and the super vibrant and shimmery Make Waves Shimmer Trim (Z4146). I created the variegated colour effect on the flowers and leaves by using the Rock 'n' Roll stamping technique and created a subtle two-tone effect on the stamped sentiment using Pewter and Charcoal Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads. 

My next two projects are matchy-matchy. They are both created using a pattern from our new how-to pattern book, Make it From Your Heart, Volume 4. The pattern I've used is one of the 24 card patterns included to help you create beautiful cards for any occasion! It includes cutting guides, assembly instructions and sample cards to get your creative juices flowing. This pattern was perfect for creating a card using the longer birthday sentiment featured on the Sunny Thoughts stamp set and shows off the gorgeous papers from the new Chelsea Gardens and Stargazer Paper Packets perfectly. 

The next two cards are actually card designs from the optional card projects featured in the Workshops Your Way Gimme Some Sugar Scrapbooking Kit. I have changed them from the original designs by flipping the papers over and by changing the card orientation (card 2), but the layouts are the same. Instead of using the Gimme Some Sugar- cardmaking stamp set (which is super-cute by the way), I substituted sentiments from the Sunny Thoughts stamp set.  I love the way these gorgeous designs are so versatile and easy to change to suit any occasion and stamp set!


Thank you so much for visiting my Blog today to check out my card projects featuring Sunny Thoughts- February Stamp of the Month. Honestly, this stamp set has just been so much fun to create with and I can't wait to make even more projects! I would love it if you would leave a comment below before you hop to the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop, Nell Ward's Nelliebligh blog.  

Remember, the February Stamp of the Month, Sunny Thoughts is only available throughout February 2018 from your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant for $27, or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more.

(Sample Sunny Thoughts artwork created by the CTMH Art Department)

Crafty hugs,
Denise :)

Jan 1, 2018

The New Seasonal Expressions Idea Book is here!

NEW Idea Books are the BEST! 

New kits, papers, ribbons, trims, embellishments, stamps, thin cuts, organisers and oodles of ideas and inspiration for using those crafty goodies to create cards, pages and other projects! 

If you are coming along to our Seasonal Expressions Idea Book Launch and Workshop on the Saturday 13 January, or if you've ordered one of my Launch Preview Packs, you'll be receiving one of these gorgeous Idea Books of your very own. 

If you'd like to check it out online, you can see it here.

Have fun browsing the all that NEW crafty goodness.

Crafty hugs,
Denise ox

Nov 30, 2017

A Little Bit of Pun!

I am so excited to have another funny, punny stamp set from Close To My Heart! Honestly, these cute stamp sets with their quirky puns really make me smile! 

The December Stamp of the Month, A Little Bit of Pun, consists of 17 stamps that will tickle your funny bone!  The stamps can be used to decorate gift cards, tags, scrapbook layouts and other papercrafting projects! Aren't they FUN!

So what is a pun? The online dictionary, Dictionary.com defines a pun as: the humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasise or suggest its  different meanings or applications, or the use of words that are alike or nearly 
alike in sound but different in meaning; a play on words. This stamp set certainly hits the mark with punny sentiments like ACCORDION to me, you're awesome and We MERMAID to be friends! Hee hee! 

Check out these super-cute gift cards created by the clever peeps in the Close To My Heart Art Department using the December Stamp of the Month, A Little Bit of Pun.  So fabulous! 

Did you know that the A Little Bit of Pun stamp set is only available in December for $27 or for just $7.50 with a qualifying purchase of $75.00. 

If you love word play as much as me, then you are probably already aware of our Operation Smile stamp set, Punny Pals- a completely fabulous stamp set featuring 13 adorable animals and oodles of funny, punny sentiments.
This cute Punny Pals stamp set is available until the end of July 2018. When you purchase this stamp set for $27, Close To My Heart will donate $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, a non-profit organisation that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world. Now that's something worth smiling about! 

So embrace your punny side (LOL) this month and get excited about the fabulous December Stamp of the Month, A Little Bit of Pun and the Operation Smile stamp set, Punny Pals

Visit my website for more information about these clever stamp sets!

Crafty wishes,
Denise :) 

Nov 23, 2017

24 hour Sale! Starts Friday 24 November.

If you like to save money on your craft supplies, then please keep reading! From 5pm tomorrow (Brisbane time), you will be able to grab one of our Cut Above Layout Kits for 50% off. Yes, that's all currently available Cut Above Layout Kits for HALF PRICE! But you have to be quick!
This includes current kits as well as a selection of layout kits that were previously available so there will be a range of kits to choose from! Some of these kits are only available in low quantities, so be sure to place your orders early!
This sale starts at 5:00 pm (Brisbane time) on Friday 24 November and will end at 5:59 pm the following day (Saturday 25 November). Sale prices are only available on orders placed through my website or directly through me- please let me know what you'd like by 5:15pm tomorrow (Friday) night to be included in our group order and share the postage cost. Make sure you visit my website at 5pm and then message, email or text me your order ASAP so we don't miss out!
As an additional bonus, when you buy our Cut Above Layout Kit—The Story Begins kits (Baby Boy or Baby Girl), you are eligible for additional savings. As shown in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book, when you purchase one of these kits, you can purchase a My Legacy™ album at 30% off! That means that during this 1-day only sale, you can purchase these Cut Above Layout Kits at 50% off AND purchase a My Legacy album at 30% off—talk about incredible savings! 
Check out this 2 minute video to see out how quickly and easily our gorgeous Cut Above Layout Kit- The Story Begins (Baby Boy or Baby Girl) comes together. 
These Cut Above Layout Kit- The Story Begins (Baby Boy or Baby Girl) include materials to make 10 coordinating 2-page scrapbook layouts, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, and instructions. They also include 11 top load Memory Protectors. 

Nov 4, 2017

Just for Fun!

This month, save BIG when you buy any of the Fundamentals essentials from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book. There are two ways to save during the month of November. Firstly, you can purchase Fundamentals products individually at 30% off the retail price. Secondly, purchase a Fundamentals bundle containing the Fundamental paper packet, Complements, AND ribbon at 40% off the retail price!  

November is the perfect time to stock up on Fundamentals paper packets, complements, and ribbon. With a bundle of coordinating products, you can craft with confidence, knowing that the parts and pieces of your projects match perfectly! Check out the huge savings on individual items and bundles below:

For Hostesses: When you host a party that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher, you’ll receive a FREE Fundamentals bundle of your choice- that’s $55.50 value, totally free!

For New Consultants: Anyone who becomes a Close To My Heart Consultant in November will receive a FREE Fundamentals bundle of their choice in their New Consultant Kit- that’s $55.50 value, totally free!
Visit my website to order online or contact me now.  

Crafty wishes,
Denise :) 

Aug 31, 2017

Feel So Grateful

Feel So Grateful is the September Stamp of the Month.  It is perfect for creating page layouts, gratitude journals, cards, tags and other papercrafting projects for family and friends. 

Here is a special page layout featuring the September Stamp of the Month created by the clever team from the Close To My Heart Art Department. 

If you would like to create this gorgeous 12" x 12" What I'm Grateful For Page Layout you will need the following ingredients (you can find them in my online shop):

S1709 Feel So Blessed— September Stamp of the Month
X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5953 Charcoal Cardstock
X5955 Pebble Cardstock
X5958 Peacock Cardstock
Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2509 Basics Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad Set
Z4029 Bronze Sequins 
Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder 
Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection 
Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Check out my website for details on how you can get this stamp set for only $7.50 in September and save $19.50.

Crafty hugs,


Aug 13, 2017

School Year

School Year is the August Stamp of the Month.  It is perfect for creating page layouts that celebrate and preserve precious school moments and special memories.  
Here is a cute school layout created by the clever team from the Close To My Heart Art Department. 

This 12" x 12" Then & Now Layout can be created using the following ingredients (find them in my online shop):

S1708 My Acrylix School Year Stamp Set 
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet 
X7221B Prickly Pear Paper Packet 
Z3294 Memo Fundamentals 
Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals 
1385 White Daisy Cardstock 
1386 Black Cardstock 
Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad 
Z2852 Poppy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad 
Z3306 My Boy Complements 
Z3309 Snapshot Complements 
Z3314 Black & White Dots 
Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine 
Z1979 Black Journalling Pen 
Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection (N.B. Letters cut at 1 1/4")

Visit my CTMH August 2017 Stamp of the Month Pinterest Board for even more ideas featuring the School Year stamp set. 

Check out my website for details on how you can get this stamp set for only $7.50 in August and save $19.50.

Crafty hugs,