Saturday, May 20, 2017

Little Dreamer Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our feature paper pack "Little Dreamer" Close to My Heart Blog Hop for Australasia. If you have arrived here from Kara's blog then welcome, and welcome to those who arrived here by accident.

This paper pack is unashamedly girly and cute.  My youngest daughter wanted to be a unicorn when she grew up (until she started school and realised the improbability of this happening!)  Needless to say, this paper pack is absolutely perfect for her.  It lends itself really well to cute, girly pages celebrating fun and friendship and I just love the unicorn stamp in the Little Dreamer Cardmaking stamp.

This pack also works really well with the Whimsy Fundamentals, and the complements are so sweet and sparkly too! I made a couple of quick cards with leftovers and scraps from some other compliments packs. I love how many colours are in this pack - it makes it very easy to coordinate and use up bits of cardstock! I hope you enjoy using Little Dreamer as much as I have.  

Happy National Scrapbooking Month to you. May we all find joy in celebrating and sharing those precious moments captured by our photos! To see more of the hop keep going by following to Megan's blog
Till next time,
Keep smiling,

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"Live Beautifully" Australasian Blog Hop

This month is National Scrapbooking Month and Close to My Heart are celebrating with a gorgeous "Live Beautifully" Paper pack ($23) and stamp set ($27) and the "Live Beautifully" Cut Above Kit (5 double page layouts with page protectors for only $68.50!) This is a GREAT month for those new to scrapbooking to scoop up a bargain with the Live Beautifully Album Kit - a grey or black album, cut above pages and protectors, a black pen and a tape runner all for only $103.95! If you have photos on your phone and not printed, or if you have never scrapbooked before, then this is the month to make those memories shine!

If you have arrived here from Kara's blog then welcome.  Welcome back to all of my regular readers too.

Most of us will be running special National Scrapbooking Month workshops this month so contact your consultant to find out more!

These first few layouts are from the Cut Above kit.  The last one I really mixed it up a bit by using some of the "No Worries" complements and paper to give it a beach theme.

This one was done using the Live Beautifully Paper Pack:

 This one is based on a layout by Jo Armstrong (a very talented Kiwi consultant) - the champagne ink was just the right colour to match my cream coloured wedding dress. Great to finally get these 14 year old photos scrapped!

I also wanted to show you that this paper pack is not just great for formal/girly/love photos.  This ombre Seaglass paper was perfect with a little bit of Whimsy fundamentals to create a super quick layout for my son.

Then these are two simple cards I taught my customers this month - both using the Live Beautifully Stamp set (one with some scraps from my big organiser full of paper scraps, Cranberry and Fern ink and the other with Sea Glass ink and the black floral paper with the ombre seaglass paper from the Live Beautifully Paper Pack.

Both designs took inspiration from my fabulous friend Jacquie Paech.

So many talented consultants have done stunning work with this beautiful collection!

Now for more inspiration head over to Shaunna's blog at  Don't forget to contact your consultant to make the most of these special May only products (and if you don't have a consultant yet then feel free to shop with me at

Happy National Scrapbooking Month!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Live, Laugh, Love Blog Hop

Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop for the Live, Laugh, Love Stamp of the Month for May.
If you have arrived here from you are in the right place. Just keep following the links at the end of each blog to go right around.

I absolutely LOVE this stamp.  You can see from my blog header that this is one of my favourite maxims and something I very much try to live by.

The text on this stamp is so versatile - it looks entirely different using different techniques.
My first card used gold embossing powder, gold glitter paper and the lovely gold foil print from our National Scrapbook Day feature paper (which will be in a Blog hop all of its own this month!)

The same "Love" stamp looks totally different in black memento ink and pen work.

This little birthday card used some of our new "Little Dreamer" paper (which will also make an appearance in a Blog Hop this month!) I teamed it with a scrap of fundamentals and some white twine.

Although this stamp is perfect for cards I also love it on album pages:

This one uses Whimsy Fundamentals, Little Dreamer and glacier cardstock.

And this is crystal blue cardstock, Little dreamer paper and assorted leftovers from complements packs.

But this one is my favourite: Sapphire cardstock, the seaglass ombre paper and rose paper from our "Live Beautifully" NSD pack and a few of my most favourite recent photos!

So that is it for me. Now take a peak at . Enjoy the Blog hop!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Taking Stock: The way things are: April

I've come to enjoy this tradition which oddly seems to coincide with school holidays.  I can't remember the last time I enjoyed school holidays quite so much.  With all of us home we really have made the most of it.  There have been lots of sleep ins, reading in bed and cooked breakfasts.  There has been lots of crafting time and unfortunately (or fortunately depending who you are) lots of t.v. and screen time for the rest of the family.  We spent Easter at Aldinga. We have had lovely shared time with friends and spent a glorious day at Bushland Park wandering the track we use for Bush Kindy.
Easter Selfies with my girls!
A great walk along the beach at Willunga
Easter morning - never too old for Easter Bunny 
All in all a most satisfying holiday.
Big brother teaching Little Sister to skim stones at Bushland Park - how to make mummy's heart melt!

Making : progress on the WIPS - finishing the second sleeve on my blue jumper and finished Maddie's school cardigan this week too
Cooking : malteser cheesecake for James' birthday
Drinking : coffee, and probably a little too much red wine but it is holidays so care factor?
Reading: Drums of Autumn (ALL holidays - I was hooked!)
Trawling: Pinterest looking for skirt patterns
Wanting: To make myself some simple, flattering, quick skirts from the stash fabric
Looking: For suitable high waisted work pants (not easy to find)
Deciding: I really need to lose weight
Wishing: It was that easy!!!
Enjoying: The sound of children alternatively chortling, shrieking with delight, and grumping at one another - the sounds of siblings
Waiting: for James to put the fire on
Liking: the slow but sure success that is coming with my 100 day goal
Wondering: If this house will ever really be clutter free
Loving: Cheese and onion bread toasted
Pondering: How to keep the rabbit out of mischief in the loungeroom
Listening: to the sound of footsteps upstairs
Considering: Best way to market beginner scrapbook classes
Watching: Call the midwife (episode after episode)
Hoping: For a more relaxed term at kindy (bring on Bush kindy!)
Marvelling: At how well my pot plants are growing - normally I kill anything in a pot!
Cringing: At the inevitable chaos and mess that happens when we are all at home
Needing: Fresh air and some serious Spring Cleaning (even though it is Autumn!)
Questioning: How I can keep the same relaxed feeling of holidays during term time
Smelling: my lovely Strawberries and Champagne Serenity Wicks candle - I am not really a candle fan but I do love Serena's fragrances.
Wearing: My comfy black leggings and burgundy tshirt dress and my almost dead black boots
Noticing: The sauce bottle without its lid and a big trail of crumbs on the table...definitely school holidays LOL
Knowing: That this is not a catastrophe and I will miss them when they are all grown
Thinking: About page layouts for SOM blog hop and National Scrapbooking Day
Admiring: Green Gate Porcelain on pinterest (how I wish we could get it somewhere in Australia!)
Getting: slightly chilled - definitely fire time
Bookmarking: slice recipes in Fete Magazine
Opening: Brand new paper packs to play with
Closing: Kitchen cupboards and drawers (I swear we have a ghost - they are ALWAYS open!)
Feeling: Blessed and grateful and slightly cold!
Celebrating: James' birthday tomorrow
Pretending: He is not getting older!
Embracing: My life, my family, and simple happiness

I hope that the holidays have been good to you, and that you are embracing the chill of Autumn in the air, and the many, simple joys in your life.
Happy weekend!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Some Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop

Welcome to our April feature paper pack "Some Kinda Wonderful" Australasian Blog Hop.  Some of you may have arrived here from Georgia Creates.. just follow the links at the bottom of each blog to go the whole way around.

This is a remarkably versatile paper pack.  Depending on what colours you put with it you can end up with pages suitable for a wide range of topics.  I thought the easiest way to show you what I mean might be to do 1 layout 2 ways.

This layout is very simple. Cut a zip strip off a 12" piece of patterned paper.  Then cut the paper at 9 1/2"  Set aside the narrower strip and trim the bigger piece to 91/2" square and round the corners.  Use your remaining pieces, 1 with the same pattern cut down and corner rounded at the top for the piece on the right page, the other, flipped over (the joy of double sided paper!) trimmed as you like it for the border at the bottom of the left hand page.  Use the zip strip to create a vertical stripe on the left hand side. Embellish and corner round as you wish.  The glittery black embellishments have come from the "Some Kinda Wonderful" embellishments but the chevrons and arrow on the bottom layout are leftovers from the "Dreamin' Big" embellishments.  You can see what a difference is made just by altering the colours that you put with the Some Kind of Wonderful paper. The Slate gives it a more masculine feel and the Glacier makes it little girly and fun. I hope you have fun playing with this idea.

I also have a couple of cards and a tag to show you.  The "Birthday" sentiment is one of our thin cuts.

The little cup cake is a stamp and thin cut set called "Sweet Birthday".

And this little tag used up some scraps. I love the way that black just makes this paper pack pop.
Now head over to to see just how versatile "Some Kinda Wonderful" can be.
Happy Easter to you!
Keep smiling,

Saturday, April 1, 2017

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop April Stamp of the Month

Hello and welcome!
If you have arrived here from Maz over at then you are in the right place. If you arrived here by serendipitous accident then that is a happy thing and welcome to you!
Now, this month we are sharing S1704 "Flock Together" Stamp of the Month which is only $7.50 with a $75 order.

I love the sentiments in this one and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed colouring the birds in for me!
First up is a little card - the birds were simply stamped with Poppy ink onto a sheet of Dreamin' Big paper and then fussy cut.  I cut their legs off and then just drew them in with a black pen.  The sentiment comes from C1672 "Silly Sayings Sentiments"  This would be a good card to send to a friend that just "gets you" in all your quirkier moments!  I have a feeling that I will be sending this to one of the Mums at school who often makes me snort with her quirky view on the world! I want her to know how much I appreciate her sense of humour!

Next up are two simple page layouts.  Both pretty self-explanatory.  The first uses Colonial white, Poppy and Canary cardstock with Poppy and Black ink.

The second uses Black, Lagoon and Sea Glass cardstock with a small strip from Dreamin' Big.  Remember that I said I was "bringing back the border"? Well this is a sweet little border at the bottom of the page and will showcase photos of my gorgeous family when I get around to printing them!

My most favourite using this SOM is this page.  Sapphire cardstock base with a strip from the Rustic Fundamentals and then just Lagoon and White Daisy cardstock scraps.  The "Smile" title is from the Springtime Complements - sometimes mixing and matching is the way to go.  I think those sweet little hearts are my favourite part of this stamp set.

So there you have it, some super simple scrapping from me. Now head over to to be inspired by Shaunna!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop - "Dreamin' Big"

Hello and welcome to our March Blog Hop showcasing the beautiful "Dreamin' Big" Paper Pack.
If you have arrived here from then you are in the right spot. If you arrived here by happy coincidence then enjoy playing along.

As always, a lot of work goes into making these hops happen so please go right around and feel free to leave comments.  Constructive feedback helps us to know what you want to see more of!

Now, this paper pack is perfect for those of us with a rural lifestyle.  I am a country girl by birth and by choice and we moved back to a more rural lifestyle a year ago.  I am also lucky enough to have regular visits home to my parent's Qld farm.  This paper was perfect for our Christmas farm photos.

I really enjoyed using the new circle thin cuts on borders this month.  I love borders (I am secretly on a mission to bring back the border) - it takes next to no supplies to create a sweet border and best of all borders give you plenty of room for your photos to be star of the show!
The complements are just beautiful - those gorgeous little bugs!  My son is a bug boy (always has loved his critters) so it is perfect for his photos.

The bottom layout looks a bit funny with two photos so similar there in the middle but what you can't see is that I have used one of our half page memory protectors (3 spaces for 4x6 landscape photos) to fit an extra 6 photos into this double page layout.  I love how easy they are to use.

So there you have it.  I have done an enormous amount of scrapping in January and February - quick simple pages mean I am almost up to date (even with all of those pesky Christmas photos!)  Keep on keeping on! Your photos will thank you (and so will your loved ones!)
Until next time,
Keep smiling,

Now head over to where Shaunna is waiting to show you her artwork!