Firstly, my apologies for not posting sooner! Between my son's wedding (photos still to come) and an AGM at Karingal Neighbourhood House, I have been very busy for the last couple of weeks (I've been elected Committee Secretary for a 4th year)!

However, some of my Close To My Heart friends have been busy with another project - the CTMH Australasian Gifts from the Heart Blog Hop! Although I was too busy to participate this time, I wouldn't want you to miss out on seeing the beautiful projects that these ladies created. The Blog Hop starts at Mandy's Hall of Indulgence, but you can join in anywhere because it is one big blog-hopping circle! Enjoy!
Each month Close To My Heart provide a Stamp of the Month "D" size stamp set. This month's set is called "Scandinavian Wishes" and coordinates perfectly with the papers, embellishments and stamps in the CTMH 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. You can purchase this stamp for $24.00, but if you order $75.00 worth of products, you can get this stamp set for only $5.00!

Remember, if you order reaches $130.00 in the latter half of October, you can also add a "Star" product from the Holiday Gift Guide absolutely FREE!

From mid-October we are launching these great holiday products from our Holiday Gift Guide, including workshop kits, paper packs, embellishments and a range of stamp sets with something to suit everyone!

Better still, for every $130 in your order, you can choose one "Star" product absolutely FREE!

Needless to say, there is no better time to host a gathering, because YOU could benefit from this great offer in addition to the fantastic host rewards provided by Close To My Heart. Book a gathering in October and I'll give you an additional Christmas stamp as my thanks to you!

It's workshop time again and I've had such a wonderful response to my "Angry Birds" cards that we will be making them at my Friday night workshop! Join in the fun and if your cards look the most like the real "Angry Birds" then you could win a "D" size stamp set worth $24.00!

The fun starts at 7.00 pm at 10 Irvine Crescent in Frankston. This workshop costs $10.00 and includes all materials, use of my tools and equipment and supper.  Place a $50.00 order to be refunded $5.00 off the cost of the workshop.

Photo of "Angry Birds" Birthday Cards
This week I created these cute "Angry Birds" birthday cards for a School Holiday Program at Karingal Neighbourhood House. They are much easier to make than they look because they make liberal use of circle cutters and punches.

The equipment and materials I used included the following CTMH products:
Surecut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer (Z1783)
Tombow Mono Adhesive (1514)
Bonding Memories Glue Pen (Z553)
3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
Card Bases (X254)
Cardstock: Black (1386), Sky (X5761), Sweet Leaf (X5639), Cranberry (1272), Goldrush (1243), Cashmere (X5932), Autumn Terracotta (1270), Buttercup (1271), Pear (X5764), Topiary (X5635), White Daisy (1385)
Exclusive Inks: Black (Z2105) and Topiary (Z2155)
My Acrylix Stamps from Chantilly Cardmaking Workshops on the Go (not currently available in Australia)

It won't matter whether you have visited my blog before or not, because this is a whole NEW Ink's Scrapping Spot and I'm so excited about the possibilities before me!

Just a few months ago Creative Memories Australia closed their doors, and I was one of the hundreds of consultants suddenly left without a job. However, our Directors kept encouraging us to stay connected to our customers because better things were in store, so we continued holding workshops and selling our remaining product, never quite knowing whether to believe them or not. In the meantime, our CM boss, Brian O'Callaghan, was busy finding all of us a new home. He was warmly welcomed at Close To My Heart, as we all were, and the rest, as they say, is history!

Close To My Heart have provided us not only with a new home, but with a whole new opportunity and I am both proud and grateful to be a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. Not only do we have beautiful, quality products to sell, but even better, we have an expanded range which includes high quality clear polymer stamps, decorative papers, 42 coordinating ink and cardstock colours, a fantastic range of accessories and tools, and beautiful albums.

My first stamping effort was rather simple, but still effective.
"I Heart You" Card
"I Heart You" Card

Products used:

G1065 Workshop On The Go Laughing Lola Scrapbooking Kit
G1065 Workshop On The Go(R)
Laughing Lola Scrapbooking Kit
M 1026 Dotted Love
M1026 Dotted Love
Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks(R) Stamp Pad
Z2105 Black Exclusive
Inks(R) Stamp Pad
1385 12" x 12" White Daisy Cardstock
1385 12" x 12"
White Daisy Cardstock
1386 12" x 12" Black Cardstock
1386 12" x 12"
Black Cardstock