Colours of Christmas

Welcome to the November Scissors Paper Heart Blog Hop.  This month we are celebrating our favourite Christmas colours.

If you came here from Kerry’s Blog – welcome you are on the right path.

As much as I love traditional Christmas Colours I also love using non traditional ones too!

As you may know I am hooked on the basic Fundamentals paper pack especially when combined with my favourite colour “Bashful”, so when I was set a sketch challenge by the wonderfully talented Chris Lothian, I tried a few different colour combinations before retreating to my faves. This non traditional Christmas page was the result of following the sketch.

I love the way you can mix and match the Fundamentals easily and just add a little colour if you like.  All our Fundamentals are discounted this month and would make a great Christmas present – for you or anyone who loves creating. Here is the link for more information about 40% off bundles and 30% off individual items.

I used the Rose embossing folder on the Bashful to give it some dimension on the page.

Using a combination of the Silver and Gold Complements and the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts (I ❤️ these) this fun page title was created. 

As added decoration I used lots of silver embellishments from different embellishment packs, and finished off the page with a journal box.  Now the page is all ready for some Christmas photos.  I wonder if I can talk the boys into wearing Bashful on Christmas Day

My final Workshop for the year is on Sunday 26th November – limited places still available so email to book in – 

Now hop over to Jo’s Blog to see her Colours of Christmas creation.

Happy Crafting



Make it from your heart…..

Welcome to the October Blog Hop.   If you came from Kerry’s Blog then you are on the right path!

What I love about crafting is making things… cards to send people, pages to celebrate my photos and lots of other things, all made from my heart.  My crafting is my relaxation, my stress reliever and my happy place.  When I suddenly remembered tonight that my blog post was due, I thought about staying on the couch and not doing it, but this theme is so easy, I grabbed my basic supplies and my go to “secret helper” – Make it from your heart volume 3 and voila,

I am so happy with the finished page and I am so glad that I got off the couch and squeezed in some crafting.❤️

This new book of sketches has fast become one of my favourites.  I grabbed it and opened it a random page – sketch number 3.  Perfect – I hadn’t tried this one yet. The first Paper pack I grabbed was my Adventure Fundamentals, such a beautiful array of colours.

I laid out the colours and chose the greens

I love the watercolour style papers so I chose for that to be my main piece cut at 11×3 inches and the floral and hearts cut at 11 x2 inches.

As the fundamental papers do not have zip strips (the 1/4 inch pattern strips on all our patterned paper) that I needed next, I decided to use ribbon – something I am learning to love!  These 2 are from my stash but there are 4 beautiful ribbons to match this paper pack. Adventure Ribbon

Next I used the offcuts from my strips and ribbon to make the decorative grouping in the top corner.

And I made a journal box for the bottom corner again using this beautiful ribbon.

This double page spread took me about 15 minutes, with the hardest part being picking the photos. 😂

These photos are from this years Close to My Heart Leaders Conference in Sydney, from our sunset harbour cruise.  It was great to spend time with the other leaders in the crafty chicks team as well as experience Kerry’s first Leaders event with her.

Now hop over to Kerry’s Blog to see what she has made from the heart.

Happy crafting



Alison’s Website

A Card Swap Challenge

Welcome to the September Scissors Paper Heart Blog Hop.  The Blog Hop is a circle of crafty inspiration for you to wander through.  If you came from Cindy’s Blog then you are on the right track!

This month we are showcasing our cards made for a team card swap.  15 of the team decided to join in the fun of designing and making a card for each of the cardswappers using their favourite things from the new Holiday Expressions.

I really loved the card I made for my convention card swap so I decided to follow a similar design.

I just love the colours in the brand new Silver and Gold paper pack and decided to use this pack.  

I used a soft grey pattern as the background of the card (5.25 x 4)with black and pewter squares (1.5 x 1.5). On the Pewter coloured squares I stamped the Little St Nick using Memento ink at different angles and on the black squares I stamped the image using the Versa Mark ink pad. I then sprinkled it with Silver embossing powder and used my heat gun to heat emboss it.

Next I used the “Christmas” word out of the I ❤️ Christmas thin cut on the Silver Glitter Paper and added it to the middle of the card.

I hope you like this card and are inspired to start on some new homemade cards for yourself.

Now hop over to Jo’s Blog to see her beautiful card.

Happy Crafting



Annually Inspired

Welcome to the Scissors Paper Heart August Blog Hop.  The Blog Hop links blogs of the same theme to give you a circle of creativeness.  If you came here from Cindy’s Blog then you are the right track.

August brings the release of the 2017-18 Annual Inspirations Catalogue full of crafty goodness.

Click Here to see all the beautiful new products.

My 2 favourite items from the catalogue are definitely the Basic Fundamentals and the Block Alphabet

Block Alphabet Thin Cuts

Basics Fundamentals

I love how the Fundamentals can be used as the focus of the page and by just adding a “pop” of colour, your page (or card) is simply beautiful.

This is my page of James’ gymnastics, the photos are the important part of the page, as they should be, and the pop of colour title sets the theme.  The strip on the right side is 2.5 inches wide and the Thin Cut Stars are cut into the border.

I look forward to sharing many more projects with you from this stunning catalogue.

Now head over to Jo’s Blog to see her favourite new product!

Happy Crafting



Colour Inspiration

Welcome to the Scissors Paper Heart June Blog Hop.  If you came here from Cindy’s Blog, you are on the right track.  A Blog Hop is a themed circle of creative goodness.

This month we are all using the colours Whisper, Glacier and Sapphire.  These are some of the colours featured in the beautiful No Worries paper pack.

As I will be heading to the Close to My Heart American convention later this month, I thought I would use these colours to get a head start on my card swaps.  At convention the attendees handmake cards and swap with other consultants so that you come home with lots of beautiful homemade cards to use and get inspiration from.

I grabbed the colours and a stamp set I have been dying to use Lovely Leaves.

It is simple but eye catching and ended up being perfect for my card. I stamped two of the images on 1.5 inch squares of Whisper and glacier using the memento ink.  I used the sapphire cardstock as the background.

I added some of the glacier “love” ribbon from the Whimsy Ribbon Pack in the middle of the squares to complete the card.  I am very happy with its simple elegance. Now to recreate 40 more of them!

Don’t forget to check out the brand new Seasonal Expressions for all the exciting new products.

Now head over to our newest blogger, Jo Burret, for some more inspiration.

Happy crafting



National Day of Thanks

Welcome to the May Blog Hop.  This month we are celebrating National Day of Thanks on May 27th.  If you came here from Kerry’s Blog you are the right path.

I love to send cards to people for many different reasons, and a heartfelt thank you is definitely a favourite reason.  Whenever I can, I make cards so I always have some on hand to easily write a quick note and pop in the mail.  Getting a handmade, handwritten card is so special, especially these days of predominantly electronic mail.  

This card was made using the “inlaid” technique and is a simple but effective card.  This next picture is the coordinating card, as this technique makes 2 cards.  Was ch for this technique coming to a workshop soon.

I also love to make small gifts for people to say thanks or to just let someone know they are appreciated.

This is a little paper album that I am in the process of making as a gift using the National Scrapbook Month Paper Suite – Live Beautifully.  This paper pack and cut above kit is only available in May.

To see more of this kit head to my Website to check out all that is available. 

I also wanted to share some of the cards I have made recently out of the beautiful new Little Dreamer range.  Brand new this month in the Seasonal Expressions 2 mini catalogue.

I hope you can send a special handmade card or gift to someone to say thanks this month.

To see all the yummy goodness in the new SE2 just click here

We are a small blog hop this month so if you wish to see what Kerry has done this month.

Happy Crafting


Alison xx

Inspired by Pinterest

Welcome to the April Blog Hop where our projects are inspired by Pinterest.

If you came here from Cindy’s Blog you are on the right path.

The challenge was to open our Pinterest and flick up.  We then chose a project to recreate from where it landed.  This was really fun!

This is what I chose to recreate.

I am not great at copying as mine always looks so different but this was fun to recreate.

I chose a photo I recently took of a friend that I wanted to really highlight.  


I then went through all my Fundamentals papers and pulled out all the blues. I also grabbed some Pacifica cardstock.

I cut each of the pieces with the thin cut hearts and played around with laying them out on the page. As well as cutting Happy and Love as possible titles.

I double mounted the 5×7 photo on Black and Pacifica cardstock.

I am really happy with the final layout although it is a bit different from my original inspiration.

Why don’t you take this challenge and recreate something from a Pinterest Flick!

April is the final month for the current Seasonal Expressions mini catalogue. You can find it Here.  Make sure you grab anything you love in it as the products will no longer be available after the 30th April.

To continue on the Hop, head over to Kerry’s Blog to see her project



Some Kinda Wonderful

Inspired by many layouts seen on Pinterest involving strips, comes this fun and vibrant layout.  It uses the Some Kinda Wonderful paper pack which is just so beautiful and colourful.

Using Black as a base page also adds to the vibrancy whilst toning down the crazy patterns.

This page uses 12 – 1.75 x 12 inch strips of various patterns adhered to the page in various lengths and at different starting and end points

On the left page there are 2 – 4×6 photo placements (can be either landscape or portrait or a mix)

On the right side there is a large photo mat 8×8 for an assortment of photo sizes and/or journal boxes.

Along the bottom there are 9 – 1.5 inch circles for a heading cut either on the Cricut or using the thin cut circles. The heading is using my favourite Font “Noteworthy” and the letters are cut on the Cricut. You could alternatively stamp the title using your favourite alphabet stamp set.

Finish off by “anchoring” the strips to the page using Sequins.

Give this page layout a try with this paper pack or any other.

Happy Crafting!



March Blog Hop

Welcome to the March Blog Hop.  This month we had a colour challenge.- To use the beautiful colour combination of Sea Glass, Whisper and Black.

If you came here from Cindy’s Blog then you are on the right path.  The Blog Hop is a circle of inspiration.

The idea for this colour combination came from the Happy Congratulations Workshop your Way card making kit.

I enjoyed making the cards in this kit and just loved the card design.

When I started designing for this blog I laid out the colours and immediately thought that heritage or black and white photos would work really well.  I was going through my Mum’s photos I found a great black and white kinder photo of my sister.

The page came together so quickly.  I love pages that are basically straight lines and colour blocks.  To lift the paper a little I used the Damask embossing folder.

I finished off the page by embellishing with the Some Kinda Wonderful Embellishments and some thin cut stars out of the Black Glitter Paper.  

This page is now the beginning of an album I will do for my sisters birthday present.
I also wanted to share my recent “happy mail” from America.  You will note this is similar colours!

This is the page and letter I received from Close to My Heart ❤️ congratulating me and my team on achieving top sales in Australasia in 2016.  What an honour to receive a scrapbook page created especially for me from the Art Department.  I just have to add a photo of my team to complete it!

There is also a great special on this month, so head to my Website to grab them whilst they last.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope that you give this colour combo a go as I know you will be pleased with the results.

Now head over to Kerry’s Blog to see what she has created.

Happy Cropping




Why do we journal?

A picture tells a 1000 words is a well known quote and yes you can guess so much by looking at someone’s photos, and sometimes that is enough.  But other times we need to also share the story behind a photo.

I love reading back over my boys baby albums and reading the little stories I have written all those years ago. We think we are going to remember every detail forever, but unfortunately we don’t. A sentence about how they are finally sleeping through the night brings a smile to my face  and a cute story about what they have achieved that day triggers so many other memories.

On a page about Lachlans first car, this photo takes pride of place.  Many people have said to me that they wondered why this photo was the central photo on the page about this exciting milestone in Lachlan’s life until they read the story underneath.

This is Tom standing on a post at cricket so he could see the cars on the main road as he desperately waited to see Lachlan arrive in the car that Tom was just as excited about.  He stood there for over 20 minutes asking if every blue car driving along Elgar Road that afternoon was Lachlan arriving.  All he knew was that it was a blue subaru.  He was so proud of his brother and to be honest was taking 50% ownership of the car, and Lachlan as his personal driver.  

This moment was just as important as the arrival of the car as it was an example of how close my boys are and how much Tom adores Lachlan.

Don’t forget to journal on your pages to add to story the photos tell, even if it is just a sentence or 2.