Sunday, 31 July 2016

NEW Annual Inspirations 2016-2017 Catalogue is now live!

August sees the introduction of the NEW Annual Inspirations from Close To My Heart! You won't want to miss out on all the crafting goodness in this book! And to help you get your hands on some of the NEW products, Close To My Heart has a fabulous promotion for August!

During August, when you order our Whimsy, Adventure and Enchantment Fundamental papers, you can choose to get either the Rustic Home OR Uptown Fundamentals for FREE. Both of these Basics packs feature foil designs and specialty materials for making your artwork unique! Yep, this deal is basically the best!  This offer is valid from today, 1st August 2016 till 31st August 2016 (11.59pm AEST).

Check out the paper packs below, along with the coordinating Ribbon Packs and Complements. And remember, that many of these products coordinate with each other!
Adventure Fundamentals Paper - $30.00

Adventure Ribbon Pack - $17.00

Good Life Complements - $18.00

Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Pack $30.00

Enchantment Ribbon Pack - $17.00

School 7-12 Complements - $18.00

School K-6 Complements - $18.00
Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Pack - $30.00

Whimsy Ribbon Pack - $17.00

Baby Boy Complements - $18.00

Baby Girl Complements - $18.00
Rustic Home Fundamentals - $21.00

Uptown Fundamentals Paper Pack - $23.00

All About The Gold Fundamentals $17.00

Memo Fundamentals Paper Pack - $7.50
Rustic Home Ribbon Pack - $15.00

Uptown Ribbon Pack - $15.00

You & Me Complements - $10.50
All Together Complements - $10.50

Come back again soon and see what else is NEW and what I have been creating.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Last Day to order from Annual Inspirations 2015-2016!

Today is your last chance to order many of the products from the 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations catalogue! If there is anything on your wishlist from the AI, you need to order by 11.59pm AEST today, 31st July 2016.
Below are just some of the retiring items. To see the complete list, go to my website!

Art Philosophy Cricut Collection

Artfully Sent Cricut Collection

Artiste Cricut Collection

Kaleidoscope Collection

Georgie Collection

The Georgie Collection is so versatile. While it is designed as a baby collection, it can be used for just about any photos! I used it in this layout for our cats' birthday pictures
La Vie En Rose Collection
This is one of the many La Vie En Rose layouts I completed. I particularly love this paper as all the papers are black & white patterned paper except the one with the roses on it! This makes it a very versatile paper pack

Sangria Collection

As soon as I saw the 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations catalogue, I knew I had to create this layout using the Sangria Collection. It is one of my favourites for the year!
Urban Collection

This layout, created using the Urban Collection, is my favourite of all time! Not because the photos are the best, but because of the story that goes with these photos. Ali went to Normanton in Far North Queensland at the beginning of 2015 with a group of other Year 9 students and teachers on a cultural trip. They spent time at the local school working with the children. Ali really loved her time there and didn't want to come home, even though right up to the last minute she wasn't sure she wanted to go. She grew so much during that trip, developed new friendships and saw more of this fabulous country we live in. This layout was my entry in the Annual CTMH Convention Page Layout competition, and was selected as one of the winning layouts.
Zoe Collection
One of the things I really love about the Close To My Heart collections, is that they coordinate with each other. I used paper from the Zoe Collection (dot paper) and Charlotte Collection (floral paper which was available in SE1 2016) along with Whisper and Black cardstock to create this layout. Thank you to Nell Ward (fellow consultant) for this versatile layout idea. I have used it so many times and it always looks so different!

Rolling Tote
Come back again soon and see what is NEW! 


Thursday, 28 July 2016

Ornate Blossoms

You don't want to miss out on the long list of retiring products going from Close To My Heart - many in just 2 more days on 31st July 2016 from the Annual Inspirations and more on 31st August from the Seasonal Expressions Catalogue. The retiring products are being replaced by more beautiful papers, embellishments, stamp sets and tools, but you don't want to miss out as once they are gone, they won't be coming back. 
The Ornate Blossoms Stamp set (D1687) and Thin Cuts (Z3227) are retiring at the end of August. 

D1687 - Ornate Blossoms Stamp Set

Z3227 - Ornate Blossoms Thin Cuts

Today, I created these gorgeous cards using The Ornate Blossoms Stamp Set and Thin Cuts. 

I was inspired by a card by "Designs by Marguerite" to create these cards. I cut the shapes from Kraft Cardstock using the Ornate Blossoms Thin Cuts, then I stamped the images using Versamark stamp pad, then covered with White Embossing powder and heated. I embossed the background using the Damask Embossing Folder - Z1927 -(retiring 31st July 2016). The sentiment from the Sending Smiles Stamp Set - D1708 (available from 1st August 2016 with the Flower Market Cricut Collection) - is stamped using the Desert Sand stamp pad. I added some bling that I had in my stash to finish off the cards.

Come back again soon and see what else I have been creating and what is NEW!


Tuesday, 26 July 2016


There are only a few days left to get what you want from the Annual Inspirations 2015-2016.  So don't miss out! 

To see the complete list of retiring products, check out my website, and under shop, click on Going Soon. You only have till 31st July or WSL to get your hands on any of these fabulous products. 

Then at the end of August, most of the products from the current Seasonal Expressions will also retire. Make sure you order what you want now, so you don't miss out!

You can place your order directly online or contact me.

Or have you thought about having your own Close To My Heart account? Then you only have a few more days to join my team and take advantage of the fabulous July joining offer!

New Consultants who sign up during July will receive their choice of a new Fundamental paper packet* bundled together with its coordinating Complements FREE—and that’s in addition to the $75 in Select Product Credit they get for signing up! This Early Bird Special is an excellent opportunity for those that simply can’t wait to get their hands on the exciting new products coming in Annual Inspirations 2016–2017 idea book.
*Choose from Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals. No tax is charged for free items. Standard New Consultant Kit shipping rates will apply. No additional shipping/handling will be charged for this promotion.
Valid till 31st July 2016 (11:59 pm AEST).
Go to my website today and join my team or contact me for more information, but you only have till 31st July!

Come back again soon and see what is NEW and what I have been creating.


Friday, 8 July 2016


During the last month, I have enjoyed creating with the Magical collection. Today, my workshop attendees have enjoyed re-creating some of the layouts. I did share two layouts earlier, but these are the rest I have created - all ready for photos to be added.

 This layout was inspired by the Magical Layout on page 14 of Seasonal Expressions 2 (2016)

 This layout was inspired by Sketch #62 from

This layout was Pinterest inspired

This layout was inspired by the Calypso layout on page 29 in Seasonal Expressions 2 (2016)

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Friday, 1 July 2016

From the Notebook

The July Stamp of the Month - From the Notebook (S1607) is now available for just $7.50 when you spend $75.00 or you can purchase it for $27.00 - but only during July!

I combined this stamp set with the Magical paper pack and the Amusement Park (D1688) stamp set for this layout. 

To create this layout I used:
Magical Paper Pack - retiring 31/8/16
Sapphire Cardstock
White Daisy Cardstock
D1688 - Amusement Park Stamp Set - retiring 31/8/16
S1607 - From the Notebook Stamp Set - available only during July 2016
Sapphire Stamp Pad
Honey Stamp Pad - retiring 31/7/16
Cranberry Stamp Pad
White Twine
3D Foam Tape
Micro Glue Dots
Micro Tip Scissors
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge - retiring 31/7/16

Come back again soon and see what else I have been creating and what is new!