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
Maz

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.

Bonus

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

Specials

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!
Maz

Close To My Heart Aurora Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Aurora Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards – ScrappyChick 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.

The colour combination in the Aurora Paper Collection is so pretty & while this is perfect for outdoors due to the sticker collection, I have had fun creating with this paper in different ways too.

My first project is a 8½” x 11″ scrapbook Layout. I loved the lurples & dark blues that were in one of the pattern papers, but I knew I did not want the pine trees.

I created these flowers a while back to have some fun with mixed media & when I seen them next to the paper I knew I had to create a layout with them. See close up of the texture on the flowers & well they work with the papers

I added some stickers from the sticker sheet & some hearts from the Aurora Acrylic Shapes to tie it all together – I loved how it all came together & looks.

My next project I decided to make a card & well seeing it is an outdoorsy type paper & about nature, why not use the Sweet Hummingbird.

I used both sides of the 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.

I had lots of fun creating with Aurora Paper Collection and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen Watkins

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

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Quick & Easy & Affordable Scrapbooking that is super creative.

Want to start or get back into Scrapbooking, but not sure where to start?

Are you someone who says that I will never Scrapbook as I don’t have the time or I stopped Scrapbooking as I do not have the time? I can never Scrapbook as I am not creative? I can never Scrapbook as I have no where to store all the things I need & I cannot afford all the tools anyway or that is one of the reasons you stopped Scrapbooking?

Well I am here to help you solve those issues. The easiest & quickest & most affordable way to learn scrapbooking techniques, to get started or back into scrapbooking & looks like you look like you spent hours designing the layouts, but are in fact super fast, is with Craft with Heart™ Scrapbooking subscription

Seriously, not only does this Scrapbooking subscription help you preserve memories with all the occasions in your life, it super easy to put together – your layouts come together in minutes.

Scrapbooking had never been so Super Quick & Easy

Everything is cut for you (no more spending hours cutting up papers) & thanks to pre-printed base pages it is super quick. It takes about 15min to put together a 2 page layout – What 15min!

All you need to start is a Journaling Pen & your Favourite Adhesive

Just find your favourite adhesive – I recommend the Close To My Heart Adhesive Runner as it is easy to use & disposable & grab Journaling Pen to get started.

It doesn’t take up much room

If you have a small space this is a great kit for you to start this hobby as it takes up so little room, if you seen the amazing craft rooms stock floor to ceiling & think Oh I don’t have room for this hobby – well we all love to have a craft room like that but we do not all have the room – I certainly don’t have the room, but this takes up very little room.

What we give you

We give you memory protectors so your layouts can stay protected, easy to follow instructions. photo placeholder (in case you haven’t got around to printing those phots yet), complementary die-cuts and stickers so you can customise your layouts to suit your needs. The die-cuts and stickers even tell you which layout they go on – so it makes it easy for you.

Want to see what you Get?

Check out what you get in the Craft with Heart™ Scrapbooking subscription kit.

Visual learner?

No worries this video shows you how to put together the May–August Scrapbooking Kit – Super quick & easy.

Now that you know how you can start or get back into scrapbooking what are you waiting for? Check out the Craft with Heart™ Scrapbooking subscription today


Till Next Time, Keep Crafting
Maz

The Easiest way to Start Cardmaking

Want to start Cardmaking, but not sure where to start or how?

The easiest & quickest way how to start cardmaking & look like you spent hours designing them is with Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription

Seriously, not only does this Cardmaking subscription help you keep up with all the occasions in your life, it super easy to put together & allows you to customise the card.

Why start with Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription?

It is Super easy but they look like you spent ages on them

Each delivery comes in a cute little box & includes materials to create a set of beautiful, handmade cards, 24 cards in total, 2 in each design that will come together in a snap thanks to pre-printed card bases, die-cut shapes, and more.

You get to make Shaker Cards – easily

Like what shaker cards that are easy to create – yep there are fun shaker cards included in the Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription kit.

You only need adhesive – everything else is included!

The kit includes an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set (you can ONLY get this stamp with this cardmaking subscription & it is super versatile), you also get a stamping block and mini ink pads and envelopes, so you will have the tools you need to create your cards all you need to do is add adhesive – I recommend the Close To My Heart Adhesive Runner as it is easy to use & disposable. Now you can start creating them just the way you want them.

It doesn’t take up much room

If you have a small space this is a great kit for you to start this hobby as it takes up so little room, if you seen the amazing craft rooms stock floor to ceiling & think Oh I don’t have room for this hobby – well we all love to have a craft room like that but we do not all have the room – I certainly don’t but this takes up very little room. Even less once you give those cards out!

Want to see what you Get?

Check out what you get in the Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription kit.

Visual learner?

No worries this video shows you how to put together the May–August Card Kit – Super cute & easy & remember you can change it up with the stamp set, adding extra foam pieces to get some height

See how easy it is to start cardmaking with the Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription kit!

So what are you waiting for start cardmaking today!
Till Next Time, Keep Crafting
Maz

Close To My Heart Time to Celebrate – May Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Time to Celebrate – May Stamp of the Month 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.

This month it is all about the fancy sentiments in the the Time to Celebrate stamp set & it was fun to come up with some creative ideas in using it.

So I decided to turn these sentiment words into flower stems – I mean why not?

Close To My Heart Time to Celebrate - May  Stamp of the Month

These flowers were left overs from another project, they were cut from the cricut & have texture paste added to them.& painted over with watercolour paints & shimmer pens , but I think these words would look great as a stem for a stamped flower.

My next idea is a very subtle use of the stamp set.

Close To My Heart Time to Celebrate - May  Stamp of the Month

All I did is add the little crosses, they kind of look like cross stitch & a thinking of you sentiment.

whether you want to use this exclusive D-size Time to Celebrate – May Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in May) as a statement or just to add a sentiment, this stamp set can be yours for just $9 AUD/ $10 NZD, when you place an order of $80 AUD/$88 NZD or more!

Contact your CTMH consultant to place an order. If you do not have a consultant, I would love for you to place an order with me.

I had lots of fun creating and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz