Monday, 7 August 2017


Welcome to our August Blog Hop....

If you have come from Jo's blog welcome and I hope you are enjoying reading about all the ideas and being inspired. If you want to go back to Alison's Blog to see the full list of bloggers then follow this link.

Today we are looking at my favourite product in our New Annual Inspirations book for 2017 and 2018.

  If you would like to check out all the wonderful ideas in our New Annual Inspirations just click on the picture or this link.





I have looked through the Annual Inspirations 2017 2018 and I love the ideas and products on nearly every page. The product that has caught my eye and my imagination is the Cut Above Layout Kits.  This product recently came out in the latest Seasonal Expressions 2 where we were introduced to "Adventure", "Party Time" and "Little One". These kits are still available to purchase til the end of this month and they include 2 page layouts and 2 pocket layouts and at a cost of $23.00 they are really great value, but of course only available for a short time.  I have purchased these kits and have really enjoyed putting them together and now waiting for my photos to arrive to add them to the pages. . It is a quick kit that can be done in an afternoon. All you need to complete is your adhesive and an album to put the pages in.

In the Annual Inspirations they have included two kits that will be available to purchase for the length of this catalogue - that is one whole year from August 2017 til July 2018.
The layouts are 

These excellent kits enable you to create a whole album quickly.

The kits includes:
Materials to make 10 coordinating 2-page scrapbook layouts, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, and instructions. Also includes 11 top load Memory Protectors™.
Slide the coordinating Picture My Life™ The Story Begins Baby Boy cards (Z3368) or Baby Girl cards (Z3388) into 12" × 12" divided Memory Protectors and add them to your album for even more pages.
When you buy this kit at full retail price, you can then purchase and save 30% on a My Legacy™ album if you add it to the same order!
You then have a complete album for your own family story or you can make it as a gift for a new family member.  What a pleasure it is to scrapbook new babies.  Such an exciting time in a family life and such a wonderful gift to make for a precious one.   I am now trying to get myself organised to do one of these albums for the little ones in my extended family.

I hope these kits help you to get inspired to try scrap booking as a new hobby.  I have thoroughly enjoyed scrap booking now for 15 years and still love to use kits to get my albums completed easily and with so much joy.

If you would like to purchase these kits just click on this link.

 To see what else is inspiring in the new catalogue hop over to Cindy's Blog by following this link.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017


Welcome to our July Blog Hop....

 If you have come from Jo's blog welcome and I hope you are enjoying reading about all the ideas and being inspired. Welcome Jo to our blog hop. the more the merrier and I love all our adventurous bloggers. If you want to go back to Alison's Blog then follow this link.

The theme for this month is "Stamp of the Month" for July.

July 2017: Storybook Alphabet


Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $7.50. When you place an order of $75 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.
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What is "Stamp of the Month" and why is it so FANTASTIC????
Stamp of the month is a Stamp set created exclusively by Close To My Heart and is only available for purchase during a specified month.  In this case this stamp is only available for July 2017.  You cannot purchase it before or after this month.  All stamps created by Close to My Heart are made on demand. That means that when you order it the company creates that stamp especially for you. That certainly makes me feel special!!!  There are two options of purchasing these exclusive stamps.  One is to purchase it outright at a specific cost - for this July 2017 stamp the cost is $27.00.The second option is to put in an order for other CTMH products to the value of $75.00 then you can purchase the stamp of the month for only $7.50.  This is an outstanding deal and it happens EVERY month with a new stamp.  Why would you not want to own an exclusive stamp every month.

The stamps are always very versatile and this month I decided to create a scrapbooking page with my stamp.
I started with using the letters as a background stamp to create my own paper. I used the 2 x 61/2 inch block
and 2 stamp pads - Pacifica and Emerald to create my background.

I knew I wanted the alphabet type paper as I was doing an education based page - Graduation.

The paper used was the "Adventure Fundamentals".  This paper is wonderful with its patterning that is simple and is from the Annual Inspirations 2016 2017. The embellishments are from "School 7-12 Complements" and really make the page pop.  These products used for this project are all only available to purchase til the end of July 2017.  So if you like the look and would like to follow the page layout then get your products soon before they run out!!!

If you like creating cards then this stamp is perfect also.  Have a look at my website and you will find some examples of what wonderful cards can be made or follow on our blog hop to see what you can find.

To see some more inspiration then hop over to Cindy's Blog by following this link.

Monday, 5 June 2017


Welcome to our June Blog Hop.

 If you have come from Jo's blog welcome and I hope you are enjoying reading about all the ideas and being inspired. Welcome Jo to our blog hop. the more the merrier and I love all our adventurous bloggers. If you want to go back to Alison's Blog then follow this link.

The theme this month is to use the colours Glacier, Sapphire and Whisper.  So I got out these colours in my card stock and put them on my desk.  As I was looking at them to get some inspiration I realised that I had been working with these three amazing colours for the last couple of weeks.  I have a group of ladies who get together every month and recently we have been doing the Workshop Your Way by Close to My Heart.  It has been such a joy to do these kits where nearly everything is supplied.  The Workshop My Way that I have been using for this month was the " No Worries" Kit.

What do I like about these kits:

All the paper you need to make 3 double page scrap booking layouts is included.  That is the design paper, plain paper, stickers, ribbon, sequins.  They all mix beautifully together and you can download instructions on exactly how to create the scrapbook pages.  All you need is some adhesive and some photographs.  I so loved this pack that I actually bought two and just need to put my photos on the second set.

The other think I love about these kits is you can do them in a group.  Just get 2 or 3 of you together in a room, around a big table and you can sit and chat and talk through the instructions and within 2 hours you have completed 3 double page scrapbooking pages, add your photos and you feel really proud of what you have completed. You may want to do it on your own and it will not take as long but you won't have someone to chat with, drink tea or coffee and eat biscuits.

Below are my completed pages:

I have a group that gets together once a month on a Wednesday and we make the scrap book pages. Once we have completed our pages we then go ahead and make the cards that are included with the instructions.  Most of the time this does include stamping and so you will need to purchase the stamp sets, thin cuts - maybe, and the stamp pads.  When you are in a group maybe only one of you needs to supply these, unless you want a set for yourself.  In my group I always supply these extra items.  If you would like to join me on a monthly basis to create one of these kits then contact me by email at and you can join a group already going or we can organise another one.

Well the cards in this kit were wonderful, you made two of each card and below are the ones I made exactly from the instructions:

Once you have finished making up the scrap booking pages and the cards you still have some paper, stickers, ribbon and sequins left.  What I normally do is create as many scrapbook pages and cards as I can with the left overs and all I have to do is supplement by adding some card stock for the backing pages.  What I have left is so little that you can easily put into your scrap box to keep for later but you never feel like you are overwhelmed with too much paper etc.

I hope you have enjoyed hearing about the wonderful Workshop Your Way kits and if you wish to purchase one today or even tomorrow then go to my website at and check out all the brilliant kits to choose from.  They are wonderful and give you so much joy.

To see some more inspiration then hop over to Cindy's Blog by following this link.

Friday, 5 May 2017


If you have come from Alison's blog welcome and hope you are enjoying reading about all the ideas and being inspired. If you want to go back to Alison's Blog then follow this link.

National Day of Thanks Blog Hop.

Well this year National Day of Thanks is on Saturday 27 May 2017 and is a day to celebrate people in your life and to send them a message of thanks.  One of the ways is by sending someone you are thankful for a thank you card and I have found that a hand made card from someone is one of the most memorable ways to say thank you. 
So how do you make a hand made card that will celebrate this National Day of Thanks.  I have purchased from Close to My Heart some beautiful stamps that can be used to make individual cards to send on this special day.  So today I thought I would highlight some of the stamps you can use.

First stamp is "Happy Heart" A1192
 You are able to make some beautiful quick cards as the sentiments hold their own and all you need is some colourful cardstock or paper.

 Second Stamp is "All the Thanks" B1536.
This stamp is so easy to use on the outside of your card or as a sentiment inside.  Using different stamp pad colours help make these sentiments stand out beautifully.

 Third stamp is "Scripty Thankyou" A1206
This is a special stamp because it also has a Thin Cut that will cut out the perfect oval shape to place this stamp on and then attach to your card or box and it is ready to give with a grateful heart.


I hope these images have given you an idea of what you can do to celebrate National Day of Thanks.  You have time now to purchase the stamps plus paper and make some beautiful cards and gifts to send out.  If you want some help with any of your projects please check out my website for Close to My Heart at

Just a small hop back to Alison this month.  scissorspaperheart

If you would like to join a class and make some cards, especially thank you cards, please join me at my Card Buffet class on Tuesday 9th May 7.30pm til 9.30pm.

Thank you so much for joining me on this blog hop.

Create, Collect and Craft today

Regards Kerry

Wednesday, 5 April 2017


If you have come from Alison's blog welcome and hope you are enjoying reading about all the ideas and being inspired. If you want to go back to Alison's Blog then follow this link.

Pinterest Inspiration  -  Washi Tape

Our challenge this month was to look at our pinterest feed and pick a project to try and maybe inspire you to try a new technique.
I have been using pinterest for awhile now and have been obsessed with finding projects for my washi tape.  I have lots of it and it lasts forever but I really love the effects of washi tape and so it pops up on my pinterest feed all the time. I thought you may be interested in a technique that popped up on my pinterest this week. I also have been obsessed with using what I have as well as buying all the new products so this project is highlighting the use of old products and how they match beautifully with new products.

 This was a really simple card but used lots of simple techniques.  The card stock I used was Seaglass and Raspberry and cut them at 5 1/4" x 4" and 5" x 3 3/4".  I then cut some white card stock at 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" . The washi tape I chose was some thin Thistle and Blossom that I had in my stock and added it with Everday Washi Tape Z3211, which is on sale at the moment.  I placed the washi tape randomly on the edge of the card stock and then folded it over so it gave a nice edge.  Once I had done that I placed the card stock into my embossing machine - Cuttlebug - and used the arrows embossing folder.  This embossing folder I have had for a while and had never used, so today was the day as it matched with the arrows on my washi tape.  I found the journalling box unused on my Sugar Rush Compliments X7215C. I had completed my "Workshop Your Way" Sugar Rush and I still had some wonderful pieces left to use on other projects. I then used my Raspberry stamp pad and stamped "Happy Birthday" using the stamp " Tagged with Love" C1614 which I had also not used for a while but any sentiment would work.  I then stuck all the levels on with my trusty Duck Tape and my card was finished. Of course I used the card and envelope that I purchased from Close To My heart a bulk pack of 50 white cards. Check out my shop at and you can purchase your own bulk pack of cards, at $23.00 it is such a great price.

My inspiration came from the following photo which I found on Pinterest and the photo linked to a blog called

Hope you enjoyed seeing my project. To see some more inspiration then hop over to Cindy's Blog by following this link.

Sunday, 5 March 2017


Welcome to this month's Blog Hop

If you have come from Alison's blog welcome and hope you are enjoying reading about all the ideas and being inspired. If you want to go back to Alison's Blog then follow this link.


I have often been asked what are some tips when creating scrapbook pages and I have found that the "Art of Three" is a great start.

First Art of Three - Three colours 

When you are thinking of what papers to use just choose three.  Thank you to Alison for choosing three colours for this blog hop, that I probably would not have chosen for myself. Since I had only three colours to choose from I found that it freed me to be more creative.  Looking through my paper for Seaglass, Whisper and Black I found that Close To My Heart had the plain paper but they also had patterned (B & T) that incorporated these colours.  So I checked out the "Uptown Fundamental Paper" and there was some spectacular Whisper and Black patterns to use.

 Once I had decided what paper to use I got out all the papers that fitted in with the theme and put them aside.  I then looked at my embellishments and found that the "All Together Complements" matched and mixed excellently with this theme.

I had two types of pages to create for this month, one was a Heritage page and one was a Family Home page. So I used the same colours for both projects.

My first one was the Heritage page and I wanted to use a particular photo of my Uncle Alan when he joined the Navy so I created a page using the three colours and tried to create a heritage feel to the page.  I really enjoyed going back to a basic format of lots of mounting and enjoyed using the three colours in this way.

Second Art of Three - Triangle Effect

The second page I created was to use the same colours with a contemporary feel.  I love doing  double page spreads and with only having three colours it made it fun and simple.

With my double page spread I also used the great tip from Close to My Heart which is the triangle effect on a page.

I was not sure what embellishments to use from the pack as there were so many.  So I took one of the suggestions and pulled out only the embellishments that were in that grouping. So this also made it simple to add these to my page with the triangle pattern.








Third Art of Three - Embellishment groupings

As you can see by the grouping of my embellishments I used the next "Art of Three" tip. The idea is to use an anchor piece then add a main piece and thirdly add a sparkle to the grouping.

See below a closer view of my embellishment "stacks"

Hope you enjoyed seeing my project. To see some more inspiration then hop over to Cindy's Blog by following this link.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Infinity Card and Beyond

Hi Everyone,
Last week I ran a class teaching a group of my friends how to make an "Infinity Card". The beginning of creating the card was really difficult but once you got the foundation done the creating of the card was great fun. Of course before doing the class I needed to learn how to make the card myself so I could teach it to my friends. I am a real scaredy cat learner and I like to see a finished project and recreate it as I am not great at imagination. I was fortunate enough to go to a training workshop and one of the projects we learnt about was the "Infinity Card". One of many projects shown on that day. If you do not know what an "Infinity Card" is then at the end of this I have put a video for you to see my card.
For the last 3 years I have been attending these workshops and then passing on what I have learnt to some of my friends. I have learnt all about embossing which I had always seen done on cards but always thought it was too hard for me. I have learnt how to use watercolour paints, how to blend using pencils, how to stamp in many different ways like rock and rolling and masking. All methods I had seen on Pinterest and Utube but always thought was too hard.
What has changed over the last 3 years is that I joined a wonderful company called Close to my Heart. I joined because I wanted to get good quality supplies for my scrapbooking. As you all know I love to put the wonderful photos my family hsve taken and put them in albums.  What I did not know about this company was that I would learn so much about paper crafting in general. As a consultant I get the opportunity to try new products, learn new techniques, use old techniques in new ways. I have been invited to attend training workshops where I can see these new techniques first hand. What a privilege.
Since attending these workshops I have learnt how to do such great projects that I am compelled to show my friends how to make them too. It has been such fun learning new techniques then having the desire to show others how to make the same project.
If this sounds like you in any way. That is wanting to learn how to make these wonderful projects and being able to purchase the tools to complete them. Even wanting to then show these techniques to your friends then why don't you become part of my team and we can learn and teach new techniques together.
Close to my Heart have a wonderful Consultant special on this month and if you would like more details please contact me direct by email or check out my website at


Would absolutely love for you to join me in creating, learning and even teaching.

See the video of my card below. I am really impressed by myself.  Thankyou to Gaynor for her teaching of this project at our last training workshop. It had been such an inspiration.
Bye for now