Close To My Heart Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Shaunna Richards – Passionate About Pages  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 blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite

Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Can you believe it this is the last feature paper suite that will be featured in the Seasonal Expressions 1?

If you haven’t seen this delicious collection yet you will need to hurry as it will only be around till the end of April.

This collection features soft pastels, subtle patterns and super sweet sentiments & images.

The collection is perfect for celebrating little girls, high-tea, sisters, mothers, friends, a girls’ day out, family cooking traditions, special recipes and more!

Gimme Some Sugar handmade card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I decide to focus on the floral elements for my card with only minor stamping & a bit of fussy cutting. I like the vellum how is softens the pattern paper

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Doreen Watkins who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on the Close To My Heart Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite.

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

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CTMH Stamp of the Month: Color Your Life (S1804) Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative, Doreen Watkins 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 Color Your Life – April Stamp of the Month is full of wonderful words, including ones that encourage you to colour in. I love the long borders, the arrow & leaf branch, as these images can be used on any card or scrapbook layout. The words are perfect for scrapbooking, however Celebrate is a word I like to use on Birthday cards.

Color Your Life - April Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I decided to focus on the long decorative borders in the stamp set & use the word Celebrate. I paired the stamp of the month with Gimme Some Sugar paper & the butterflies from the Chelsea Gardens cardmaking stamp set.

I really like the colour combo of the Pewter & the colour of the year Bashful.

 

 

Celebrate with CTMH Stamp Of The Month Color Your Life www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

 

If you liked to own Color Your Life – April Stamp of the Month, all you need to do is add it to your cart at full retail price of $27 OR, with your qualifying order of $75, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $7.50. You only have until April 30th

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Nell Ward to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it and thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s Stamp of the Month.

See you soon
Maz

Close To My Heart Stargazer Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Stargazer Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom 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 blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Stargazer Paper Suite

Stargazer Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au The Stargazer Paper Suite is a  super fun  space themed paper pack – perfect for the little stargazer. But while the paper pack lends itself towards space – the primary colours with touches of grey – are great for any theme.

For this card I wanted to feature just a couple of pops of the feature paper & focus on the colours of the paper, not so much on the patterns. I also did not want to create a typical primary colour birthday card or a space theme card so I  stamped the flowers with yellows & oranges using the rock n’ roll technique and sweet leaf  for the green leaves.

If a theme of a paper doesn’t suite your needs look at the colours – with the Close To My Heart Papers you often find a muted pattern that can work with lots of ideas.

Stargazer Gate Fold Card with Chelsea Gardens Scrabpooking Flowers stamp set www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
I stamped across the background of the card front with the Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking stamp set. Once I knew where the paper strips were going to sit I used the dotted stamp in Heather to bring in more grey & used the worn distress grey pattern paper, the red stripe (love this paper pattern & could create so much more with this stripe) & a grey polka dot z strip as the anchor for the placement of the main featured flowers.

No one would even think that this paper has come from a space theme paper range. For my featured flowers I added some watercolour to accentuate the flower structure & bring in more red – but it turned a bit orange – oh well I still liked it and it blended well with the orange that I introduced into the background stamp image and they worked as great closure for the gate fold card.

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Shaunna Richards: Passionate About Pages who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on the Close To My Heart Make Stargazer Suite.

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

Leave Fussy Cutting Aside and Enter an Era of Perfectly Cut Stamped Images

Using correlating stamps and dies is big right now and a must-technique for any stamper and allows for perfectly cut images. With just a few turns of a lever, you can make your cards look super professional.

Luckily Close To My Heart have a bunch of Dies called Thin Cuts that come packaged with matching stamps – there are also a couple of Thin Cuts that are stand alone – allowing you to stamp or decorate the die cut image any way you like!

What I love about Stamps with the matching Thin Cuts

It is that you can recreate the same images over and over again in different colours, papers, textures- you name it, just by purchasing stamps with coordinating dies, you basically have the equivalent of endless stickers! All you need is a Die Cutting machine like a Cuttlebug or a Bigshoot to name a few. Basically -Thin Cuts are an easy way to add shapes, titles, and sentiments to any project — no scissors required!

Some Cards using Stamps with the matching Thin Cuts

There are a bunch of amazing Thin Cuts with matching stamps in the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book and here are a few cards to show how easy it is to turn a perfectly cut image into an amazing card, plus a few ideas to get you started.

 

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SAVE 25% ON ALL THIN CUTS DIES www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auOk just when you thought it could not get any better, than making it easy for you to cut out your images – Thin Cuts dies are on sale all month!

Save 25% on a wide selection of Thin Cuts dies and 30% on select Thin Cuts bundles!

During March, you can purchase individual Thin Cuts at 25% off the retail price and select bundles of Thin Cuts at 30% off the retail price. This special includes both current and retired Thin Cuts.

Anyway I hope you enjoy my thoughts & ideas about Thin Cuts & you get a chance to look at what we have on offer for you.

Till Next Time
Maz

1 March 2018 (12:01 am AEDT) – 31 March 2018 (11:59 pm AEDT) or while supplies last

CTMH Stamp of the Month: Birthday Time (S1803) Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative, 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.

Oh I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this stamp of the Month Birthday Time – why because it is all about Birthdays. And I make a lot of Birthday cards. This set looks amazing & can be used for so many people – kids, boys, girls & adults.

Birthday Time March Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auWhat else I love about this stamp set is how well it ties into the featured paper packet of this month Stargazer & how well it works with the Super Boy & the Super Girl Stamp & thin cuts.

Now you can get this stamp set for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more on Close to My Heart Product. And I am sure that you will get heaps of use out of it and lots of ideas from this blog hop.

Now to the fun part sharing what I created with the Birthday Time — March Stamp of the Month,

The First card I created was this fab bridge fold card using the Super Boy Stamp set & the city line from the Cricut® You Are Here Collection.
Birthday Time Bridge Fold Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au
I used the One Year Older stamp as this way I can give this card to a range of years without having to worry about the actual age. I stamped the image in black, then again in red , fussy cut that one out & stuck it on top with foam tape. I re-stamped in black & cut out the banner and mounted it onto a circle. It made a nice embellishment piece that I could use on any card or scrapbook layout.

My second card I made use of the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection & cut out one of the pop up cards.

I used one of the birthday greeting stamps to feature on the outside of the card. There is no rule that a greeting has to be on the inside & I like that the outside is a little plain & you get the surprise pop up inside.

If you liked to own this amazing Birthday Time — March Stamp of the Month, all you need to do is add it to your cart at full retail price of $27 OR, with your qualifying order of $75, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $7.50. You only have until Mar 31st (Easter Saturday), to own it.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Lisa Wurth: Lisa’s Creative Place to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it and thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s Stamp of the Month.

See you soon
Maz

Close To My Heart Make Waves Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Make Waves Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Kara Davies 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 blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Make Waves Paper Suite

Make Waves Paper Suite www.maz.maz.closetomyheart.com.auThis bright playful Make Waves Paper Suite is a fun paper pack to play & create with. While the paper pack lends itself to under the sea type theme – the colours in the pack are great for any theme.

Today I am sharing two birthday cards that use the colours within the paper. First one is this cute 18th Birthday card & the next is a flower themed card. Two cards with very different looks using the same papers.

 

The 18 was cut using the Number Thin Cuts – I did a partial die cut so that I could create balloons.  And used the dog from the Operation Smile™: Punny Pals stamp set- he actually floats a bit when you move the card. The fun papers & the Make Waves Gems are perfect for a Birthday card.

18th Birthday Card with Operation Smile™: Punny Pals and Make Waves Paper Suite. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The second card I used the Chelsea Gardens -Scrapbooking stamp set & stamped with the same colours featured in the Make Waves Paper. I used watercolour pencils to create some depth in the stamped flowers. Flower Card with Chelsea Gardens -Scrapbooking stamp set and Make Waves paper suite. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on the Close To My Heart Make Waves Paper Suite…Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!

Maz