Stencil It! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Stencil It!” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Tamara Sandwisch 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.

There are so many different ways to use stencils in your artwork for this technique hop I used a stencil cut from the Cricut® Artistry Collection to create my background, sponging with Almond Ink.

I added a Freesia Flower cut from the Cricut® Flower Market Collection to sit over the background & added a thank you from the Time to Celebrate Stamp of the Month.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Miss. Carrie’s Creations to get more Stencil It! ideas.

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & are an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon

Get the Most out of Your Sweet Hummingbird stamp – 4 Unique Ways

Sometimes you need some inspiration to give you an excuse to get a stamp set besides the fact that it is cute – so why not see some creative uses of the stamp set.

I love this Sweet Hummingbird stamp set and & I think you will love all 4 unique ways I have used this stamp set . And I think I found enough extra ideas to make sure you get the most use out of it.

My first idea was to create this Screen Panel Card.

sweet hummingbird screen panel card

I created the Screen Panel in design space, using Artbooking & basic shapes & cut out the medium stitched rectangles & sponged them with Almond Ink. & stamped the designs onto them & coloured with watercolour pencils. I stamped the birds again & fussy cut them (you can get matching thin cuts with these stamps if you are not into fussy cutting) & used 3D foam tape to raise them up & added some clear shimmer brush to them. The card turned out super pretty.

The next idea I have was to use it in this interactive Peek-A-Boo Card

I got the cutting directions from a peek-a-boo design from Jennifer McGuire – she always does amazing clear instruction videos & I want to be like her when I grow up. I used a basic circle for my window, decorated with the Scalloped Circle Thin Cuts Die which made it look very pretty. Simple colouring in with markers. Check out my Facebook video to see the card in action.

My next card, I wanted to make a feature of one of the sentiments & to do that I thought I cut out an oval window & decorate around it.

I cut the stitched rectangle first, then placed my oval where I wanted it & cut that. I stamped over the card stock with the small leaf in the background. I stamped the saying directly onto the card & added foam tape to raise the background. I then stamped, coloured & fussy cut out the bird & flowers in watercolour pencils & added some shimmer with the shimmer brush.

The next idea I wanted to do something simple but also feature some of pattern paper.

I cut up a strip of paper of pattern paper 4.5cm which is nearly 3inches wide & added some shimmer trim on either side. I then stamped the small dots along one side – this is in the stamp set & is easy to miss. Added a sentiment to the scallop circle & stamped & coloured the bird & flower with alcohol markers this time to try a different colouring method. Once I fussy cut them out I added them to the card along with some gold sequins.


Below is a couple of ideas from the Close To My Heart Art Department using the Sweet Hummingbird on a scrapbook layout & the other on a card. Plus a few Ideas I found on Instagram & YouTube to really inspire you.

Ok so this bonus idea is created by me but I put it here as I had already shared this idea over on the  Aurora Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop and I thought it was a great quick idea card to share here as the design is nice & simple.

I used both sides of the Aurora paper & a zip strip & coloured the bird in markers to match & co-ordinate & added Best Wishes from the Stamp of the Month time to Celebrate.

Here are a couple of idea is from Chris Lothian over on Instagram. I love the colours used on this card.

And I think this one is super sweet

Check out these fab ideas from Crafty Concepts with Erin showcasing 3 cards using this stamp, stepping up the design each time. I love the simple colour combos used.

And this fab idea of combining one of the Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection card overlays with the Hummingbird


Make sure you check out our other great promotions including Blue Skies & the Love for Mother. And don’t forget you can sign up any time to our Craft with Heart™ – Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Subscriptions with Heart. With new designs that have started this month.

I hope you liked my ideas & it has inspired you to try some of these out for yourself. Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!

Close To My Heart Yesterday & Today Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Yesterday & Today Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Doris Taylor – Creative Inspirations 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.

If you love vintage, hinges & keys & browns, you will love the Yesterday & Today paper collection. There are papers in here that could easily be used for male scrapbook layouts if heritage is not your thing.

So for my project I decided to use the Yesterday & Today paper collection with one of the Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection 8½” × 11″ scrapbook layout & I loved how it turned out. I can see myself using photos of my nephews or great-nephews.

Cricut Everyday Moments Collection with Yesterday & Today Paper Packet #CTMH #CTMHYesterdayandToday

I used the Yesterday & Today Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet & the Yesterday & Today Foil Die-cuts to pull this all together. The title is embossed in Copper Tinsel Embossing Powder which matches perfectly with the whole layout.

I love how the title looks like it is on a clipboard, but to tone down the brown paper I did swipe some white daisy pigment ink over it & heat set. It was the best idea as the pattern & colour still shows through, but not too much that the title is lost.

I had lots of fun creating with Yesterday & Today and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Danielle Edwards – Scrappy Chicks

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on Yesterday & Today.

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!

Everyday Moments

When I saw some of the complete projects (featured above) that were in the Everyday Moments Collection, I knew that I was going to have fun with this and I know that you will enjoy it.

It is just perfect for crafting up pre-designed Scrapbook Layouts & cards for those every day moments we scrap & give cards out. But it also has an amazing range of images that can be used on their own once you use ungroup & hide contours – but we will get to that in a moment.

Now it is important to note that this new Close to My Heart Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection is only available through my website and is not available in Access or directly through 

Now the Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection says it has 21 images, but really it is 21 complete projects. Take a look at this amazing Documented Scrapbook Layout project.

If I ungroup (circled in the top right corner) my project in Design Space, I can get to a couple of couple of images that I might want to use on their own in a different project.

Below I decided I wanted these three images out of that layout to use on a different project.

Now you can either delete the unwanted layers or hide them (you can see circled in red I hid the tag) – the choice is yours. I tend to hide first & delete later – just in case I want to use another element & I don’t have to bring in the whole layout again.

I can now start to order my pieces change colours to get my project together.

And now for the fun to begin, putting together a completed projects, I made two different ones using the same elements , just resized.

The first is this card where I stamped Strokes of an Artist in Mink Ink & overlaid the flower border. I stamped the cute squirrel from the Operation Smile™ Stamp Set You Make Me happy & coloured in markers & added one of the sentiments.

For the 8½” x 11″ Scrapbook layout I repeated the base process of stamping with Strokes of an Artist in Mink Ink & overlaid the the flower border.

I stamped a sentiment & circle from Some Kind of Wonderful one tiny change I made to the flower border was add some extra colour to the leaves & flowers using markers.

To complete the layout I cut an extra flower border & cut it into pieces for extra embellishments & added some White Acrylic Hearts to complete it off.

Make sure you check out each project in the Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection as you may come across an image that be perfect for what you want to create, you can even mix & match images across the different projects or even create using the same elements on different projects.

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!