Colours of Christmas

Hi and welcome to this month’s Scissor’s paper Heart blog hop. If you’ve come here from Alison’s blog, you’re on the right track. This month I have an admission to make, I’m officially a fan girl! For the last couple of months, I have been binging on YouTube videos from a blog that the wonderful Christine Lothian connected me to, JenniferMcguireInk. So many gorgeous techniques, so much to learn! So it goes without saying that I took my Inspiration from there for this month’s card.

I’ve always loved a blue and silver Christmas theme and have wanted to create a Christmas card in those colours forever. Close to My Heart has some gorgeous Christmas paper packs. My two favourites are the Beary Christmas and Silver and Gold. Beary Christmas features Charcoal, Cranberry, Fern, Glacier, New England Ivy, Pebble, Pewter, Tangerine and White Daisy while Silver & Gold features Black, Pebble, Pewter, White Daisy and Gold Foil.


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One of my favourite colours is Pebble from the new Basic colour palette. So I started there, added Glacier and worked through the blue shades that I had. My colours chosen for this card are Pebble, Seaglass (last year’s featured color) Glacier and Sapphire. I stuck with the blues because I wanted to go with a monochrome palette.

I’ve also focussed on the Silver and Gold Cardmaking stamp and thin cuts and the I ❤️Christmas thin cut.

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First I stamped the bauble image across the card, using the masking technique in the various blue shades. I cut out a number of masks, to try to stop the ink bleeding between images. Using the grid lines on my Close to my heart mat, I stamped the first image, masked that then stamped the second image down approximately 1/4″ and across 1/2″ grid space. This image was then masked and the 3rd image was stamped up 1/4″ and across 1/2″ and so on until I had a line of baubles.

Making each image overlap by a minuscule amount will help each image abut the next
Mask each image using a post it note cut out after you stamp it & before you stamp the next one

Next I cut my Christmas sentiment from white card stock, stamped it with versamark ink and embossed it three times with silver embossing powder, allowing the sentiment to cool between each layer. I love this technique because it gives the sentiment both smooth finish and extra dimension. Finally, I stamped and cut a single bauble in Sapphire ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder so that it would pop off the card.


Once I had all of these components completed, I put the card together, using a glue tape roller to attach my stamped page to a card and liquid glass to hold the sentiment firmly in place. I decided to highlight the sentiment by mounting it on a piece of White Daisy card with Pebble card behind it. To finish things off I simply ruled the lines to create bauble strings using my Journalling pen and added some bling.A8F96540-BA34-4961-9415-48CC0D99B723

Now do yourself a favour and pop over to Kerry’s wonderful blog.

Wishing you Peace, Love and Laughter.



Card Swap using Holiday Expressions

Hi and welcome to this month’s Scissors, Paper Heart blog hop. If you’ve come here from Alison’s blog, you’re on the right track. As I write this, I am sitting before a magnificent sunset in Phuket. I don’t tell you this to make you jealous, it just that the older I get, the more I realise that it’s the moments and connections that we make in life that affect us.

Creating and enhancing connections with the people that I love and care about through the making and giving of cards is what I love most about card making. I also love the me-time moments that crafting provides me and the introspection available to me by taking that time. Close to my heart and my absolutely beautiful sister-in-law, Alison, have also provided me with a community comprised of gorgeous, caring, giving women who have enveloped me with their kindness.

Yet, when a card swap was suggested for our team, I have to admit, I was a little afraid; what if I’m not good enough, I asked myself a hundred times. I laboured over the design for a week or more. Finally, I knew I just had to do it. I needed one design, reproduced 16 times, the sixteenth card was to go to fundraising for Close to my Heart’s Operation Smile. This blog is about my card design for that card swap.

For the card base, I cut card stock as follows:
Basics fundamentals 4.25 x 5.5
Linen 3.75 x 4.75
White 3 x 3.75


Using Linen ink, I stamped the Linen paper using the large daisy stamp from the Falling for You stamp set. I used sticky notes to create a mask to overlay each image after it was stamped so that there was no cross-over of the lines on the images. This gave the paper a water mark feel, which I love! The stamped Linen paper and the Basic Fundamental paper were then glued to my card.

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Next, I ran my white card stock through my embossing machine using the Rose embossing folder. I then cut Basic ribbon long enough to go around my embossed white card stock and glued it at the back of the card. This was then adhered to the stamped Linen card, I like that it is asymmetric, but you could also stick it more symmetrically if you choose.

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For the decorative part of my card, I cut some Bashful & Sweet Leaf card stock with my Heart Border thin cut. I saved the hearts from the centre of the die for later use as embellishments or confetti inside a shaker card. I also used the Back to School thin cut and stamp set to cut and stamp the little girl.

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The little girl was colored using my ShinHan markers and stuck to the card using 3D foam tape, the Heart string was cut to size and glued to the card using a Dual Action Glue Pen. Finally, I used the Happy Birthday Sentiment stamp and Charcoal Ink to stamp the sentiment. I cut this roughly to size then dragged the edges along my stamp pad to distress them so that they would stand out on the card. I stuck a couple of the inserts left over from the thin cutting process either side of the text to soften the overall look. This was adhered to the card using 3D foam tape.

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I hope that you like this card as much as I do. I made a number of variations for the card swap, check out the slide show below for a few of my variations.

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Now pop over to Kerry’s blog and check out the gorgeous card that she has made.

Wishing you Peace, Love and Laughter


Close to my Heart, new Annual Inspirations

Hi again, can you believe a month has passed, this year is flying! If you have come here from Alison’s blog you are on the right track!

I’m so excited about the new Close to my Heart Annual Inspirations, and this month’s blog, is about sharing that excitement. There are so many wonderful new products, but I really love the new color of the year, Bashful, which is the most gorgeous soft pink. The papers have been re-vamped with a beautiful introduction of Basic Fundamentals. The card I’ve made today features both of these.

I started with the new Beautiful You stamp set and thin cuts:


Then I stamped the three layered flowers using Bashful, Pixie & Pomegranate inks & one additional flower using the new colours pebble, pewter & charcoal. The leaves are stamped in the new colours Heather with the detail in Espresso. The new inks are from the Basic color palette. Once stamped, I cut the shapes using the coordinating thin cuts.


Finally, I selected papers from the gorgeous new Basic Fundamentals and cut them into various sizes. I really just cut to fit my own visual perception.


Finally I pieced my card together, using foam tape and finishing off with Bashful pearl embellishments and my sentiment stamped in Espresso.


I promise you this is only the tip of the ice berg for how gorgeous this new Annual Inspirations is, so jump online and see what else is on offer.

Now pop over to Kerry’s blog and see what gorgeous ideas she has.

Peace, Love & Laughter, Jo



Stamp of the month – Storybook Alphabet

Hi and welcome to the Scissorspaperheart blog hop. If you’ve come here from Alison’s blog, you’re definitely on track.

I had such grand plans this month, I even thought I’d start this blog post immediately after my last one. However it’s been such a crazy month, culminating in a wonderful day at the Melbourne convention to launch the new Close to my Heart Annual Inspirations. I am so excited about what lies ahead for the coming Close to my Heart year & I got so caught up in that excitement that my blog post deadline completely eluded me. At the eleventh hour, I struggled with both internet glitches and my own personal limits with technique.

Finally, here we are, and I’m excited to share with you the gorgeous Close to my Heart Stamp of the month for August, Storybook Alphabet.


This is such a cute stamp, each letter is a separate stamp that you group on your acrylic block to create a word. I chose my word and took each letter and lined them up on my acrylic block. Tip! Lay your block on top of your Versa mat and use the grid to align the letters of each word. Don’t forget to do this backwards, things can get awkward otherwise!


Initially, I envisaged using my clear embossing powder on the Juniper ink, hoping to make the ink pop more. But this is where I ran into trouble in relation to my own technical limitations. Maybe the design of the stamp is not dense enough to allow the ink to stay wet for long enough to hold the embossing powder. I have had half a dozen false starts, but then I changed directions. Though, I must say, I heated the powder over my toaster because I haven’t yet managed to get a proper heat gun!

My initial stamping attempts in Juniper seemed a little sparse and I felt that I needed to stamp my sentiment in black ink and color it with my ShinHan markers to give it more depth. To get going on my new design, I looked to Pinterest for inspiration. First, I cut a piece of white daisy cardstock to 5.5″ x 4.25″ to fit the card. Then I embossed this card with the Close to my Heart Confetti Stars embossing folder.


The papers I chose were from the beautiful Some Kinda Wonderful paper packet.  I cut 3 patterned papers into 1.5″ strips, the black is 5.25″ long and the other 2 strips are cut to 4.5″. All three strips have been dove tail cut for effect.


To create my stamped sentiment, i stamped my ‘LOVE’ sentiment in black ink and colored it with my pastel peach, leaf green and cherry pink ShinHan markers. Then I mounted the sentiment on a pocket insert pattern from the paper pack and added an outline with my black Journalling pen. The card was then put together and  finished with white and gold twine and black and white dot embellishments.


Thanks for reading! I’m thrilled to be part of this blog hop and I’m sure that if you pop over to Kerry’s blog she’ll have some fabulous tips for you.

Have a great month,

Peace, Love & Laughter,  Jo


Getting Creative with Color

Hi and welcome!

If you’ve come from Alison’s blog you’re on track. This is my very first blog entry, ever! I’m also a bit of a technophobe, so the unfamiliarity of this format freaks me out a little. I’m so excited to be joining the Scissorspaperheart blog hop, I really hope that I do the team proud!

This month’s challenge was to use Sapphire, Whisper and Glacier colours to create to our heart’s content. For me this was a challenge because I’m not fabulously stocked up so I found I had whisper paper and ink, glacier paper and the tiniest square of sapphire paper and sapphire ink. However, I also have a few ShinHan markers and the Closeto my heart watercolour pencils so I set to work.

Card making is what I love; I love the simple pleasure of making something beautiful, something that I pour my heart and soul into to give to someone else. I love to see the happiness on their face that I have taken the time to make something especially for them.

To create my first card for the blog, I used the Joyful birthday stamp set. I’ve had so much fun with this stamp set and my ShinHan markers. I love to Color the shapes the fussy cut them out.


I used the ClosetomyHeart ShinHan color chart to blend WarmGrey4 with Turquoise blue using a blending pen to create the glacier color on the striped top on the little boy and then marine blue with peony purple (which should be lavendar) to create the sapphire color of the shorts and one balloon. I always have to have a pop of color, so I colored one balloon in the Carmine color.

Of course, the other thing that I love is the ClosetomyHeart thincuts, so the ‘love’ thin cut made it to the page in sapphire. Being short on card stock, I created a background card using whisper ink and the stars stamp from the Charming Cascades stamp set. This is a fantastic way to creat new and interesting backgrounds of your own.

Finally the card is all put together on a whisper colored card. I work these sizes progressively down .5″ so the whisper color is card size 5.5″ x 4.25, the star pattern in whisper is 5 x 3.75″ and the white is 4.5 x 3.25″. The whole thing is finished of with a couple of black dots embellishments.

To make my second card, given that I got so much pleasure using last month’s Live Beautifully stamp set, stamping then shading with the ClosetomyHeart watercolours, I decided that I would create something for the blog using that technique. I went a little off the directive for this one, utilising Seaglass ink with  a star spangled blue water color pencil to get close to the glacier color. Of course fussy cutting, bling and my trade mark pop of color (sweet leaf green ink) were also involved. The front flower is then mounted using 3D foam tape. The patterned paper is left over from my City Sidewalks Christmas paper. The sentiment is also from the Live Beautifully stamp set.

IMG_1237.JPGThanks for sharing my first blog experience with me I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. Now you really should pop over to Kerry’s blog to check out her gorgeous ideas.

Peace, love & laughter xxxx