Close To My Heart O-fish-ally Awesome – April Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our O-fish-ally Awesome – April Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards – Scrappy Chicks 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.

Seriously how cute are all these fishy icons? No wonder the Stamp Set is called O-fish-ally Awesome because that is what this stamp set is – Awesome!

Now there are so many possibilities with this stamps set. Of course at the moment working from home has left me less time to craft than when going into the office – go figure! So I only have this one pretty simple idea – but lucky this is a hop so you will see heaps more ideas till I get a chance to make up some more.

So

So I sponged some mint & Carolina ink for the water & used Toffee for the sand. I did add some sand details with some markers.

I then stamped over this sponged background – I think the only issue I had doing it this way was that my Clown fish now had no white stripes – I did try a white pencil, but in the end I thought the water was light enough to get away with this. Tip on stamping an image on a background like this one – is to always make a few stamped images go off the page – if you find that hard to do – make the piece larger than you need then cut it down – you will end up cutting through a stamped image – but in the end it look better than being contained – at least for a image like this. If they were in the fish tank it would be different.

I matted this onto a wave lined paper from the Seas The Day Paper Collection & then this was the tricky part – that saying “You are o-fish-ally awesome” was actually in a stacked saying, not one in one single line which is what I needed for this layout to work. So I did some masking to get this saying stamped how I liked – I could have cut the stamp up – but I am unsure how I am mostly going to be using this one yet.

This exclusive D-size O-fish-ally Awesome – April Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in April) 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 with O-fish-ally Awesome – April Stamp of the Month and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Shaunna Richards – Passionate About Pages 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

Close To My Heart These Are My People Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our These Are My People Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from 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.

These Are My People collection is designed to help you document special moments and memories with all the people who mean the most to you, from your family and besties to everyone else you would consider your people!

My First project I combined one of the scrapbook layouts from the Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection with the These Are My People papers & sticker sheet, I even used some of the stamps.

I thought the flowers in this project looked a lot like the flowers in the sticker & sheet & stamp set, I was originally going to combine it all but changed my mind after I backed the flowers & leaves with the pattern paper from the These Are My People collection and I loved how it all turned out.

I then made a joy fold card as I cut some extra flowers for the layout & well needed to make sure they did not go to waste.

I created the hello using the Flower Market Hello which was part of a speech bubble & joined it to the flap which I joined the back of the card unlike a traditional joy fold which is in the middle. I add the pattern paer to the card & decorated the front panel with one of the zip strips & left over flowers.

The best friend was stamped in black & I over stamped it with Ballerina Ink using the paint swish that is in the Love These People stamp set. I am really happy how this card turned out. And it is just perfect to send out to a best friend during these strange times.

I had lots of fun creating with These Are My People and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doris Taylor – Creative Inspirations

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

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

Everyday Moments

When I saw some of the complete projects (featured above) that were in the Everyday Moments Collection, I knew that I was going to have fun with this and I know that you will enjoy it.

It is just perfect for crafting up pre-designed Scrapbook Layouts & cards for those every day moments we scrap & give cards out. But it also has an amazing range of images that can be used on their own once you use ungroup & hide contours – but we will get to that in a moment.

Now it is important to note that this new Close to My Heart Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection is only available through my website and is not available in Access or directly through cricut.com. 

Now the Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection says it has 21 images, but really it is 21 complete projects. Take a look at this amazing Documented Scrapbook Layout project.

If I ungroup (circled in the top right corner) my project in Design Space, I can get to a couple of couple of images that I might want to use on their own in a different project.

Below I decided I wanted these three images out of that layout to use on a different project.

Now you can either delete the unwanted layers or hide them (you can see circled in red I hid the tag) – the choice is yours. I tend to hide first & delete later – just in case I want to use another element & I don’t have to bring in the whole layout again.

I can now start to order my pieces change colours to get my project together.

And now for the fun to begin, putting together a completed projects, I made two different ones using the same elements , just resized.

The first is this card where I stamped Strokes of an Artist in Mink Ink & overlaid the flower border. I stamped the cute squirrel from the Operation Smile™ Stamp Set You Make Me happy & coloured in markers & added one of the sentiments.

For the 8½” x 11″ Scrapbook layout I repeated the base process of stamping with Strokes of an Artist in Mink Ink & overlaid the the flower border.

I stamped a sentiment & circle from Some Kind of Wonderful one tiny change I made to the flower border was add some extra colour to the leaves & flowers using markers.

To complete the layout I cut an extra flower border & cut it into pieces for extra embellishments & added some White Acrylic Hearts to complete it off.

Make sure you check out each project in the Cricut® Everyday Moments Collection as you may come across an image that be perfect for what you want to create, you can even mix & match images across the different projects or even create using the same elements on different projects.

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

 

 

Spin up messages with the Card Front Spinner: Part 2

Since the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts Dies was brought out I have loved making cards with it. A while ago I shared a bunch of ideas on this blog post and today I have more fab ideas to share as the new Mar – Apr Idea Book not only has a couple of new stamps designed for this, but other stamps that work amazingly well with it too.

So my first share I have already posted over on my blog hop featuring the Stamp of the Month Family Legacy & Around the Clock which I seriously love & hope to do a full feature on different ideas using this stamp.

My next idea is using the Fly-by Greetings this is one of the sets that has been specially designed for the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts Die. I just love how the plane looks like it is pulling a banner across the sky.

When I first saw the VW Van in the Let the Good Times Roll stamp, I thought this is perfect to use with the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts Die. This is such a fun card,

And well Unicorns flying in the night sky amongst clouds was perfect idea to create with Unicorn Dreams. It is such a sweet card & works so well with the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts Die.

I have a lot more ideas in my head using the new stamp designs & I am sure to create & share on my Facebook & Instagram accounts but for a few more ideas using the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts check out what the Close To My Heart Art Department created.

The first uses the Around the Clock stamp set.

The next one uses the Fly-by Greetings stamp set.

If you want to see more I have a whole collection of ideas pinned to my Pinterest board CTMH Thin Cuts (Dies) Inspiration Thin Cuts – Card Front Spinner

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

Close To My Heart Family Legacy – March Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Family Legacy – March Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards – Scrappy Chicks 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.

If you love ornate flourishes & words to celebrate your family history then you will love this month’s stamp of the month Family Legacy – March Stamp of the Month. I love the play on the fonts family & sizes in this stamp set & can see many uses for it.

But as I do love to make cards I yet again made some using this stamp set.

My first card well I really wanted to play with the new Around the Clock stamp & die set, but I need to make something for this hop so I decided that the two could be used together.

I stamped a couple of the flourish corner into the corners & used the floral stamp on the main clock body & even the pendulums have been stamped with one of the flourishes.

My next card I decided to go a bit more arty style, it has been a while since I done something like this.

I stamped a mixture of the flourishes in black on the background & then sponged a variety of inks over it, I decided not to do any browns as I wanted this to be bit more fun & bright. I edged the card with a stamp from Strokes of an Artist to give it a finished border & added a sticked frame & a stamped flower & leaves from the Yesterday & Today – Cardmaking Stamp set. It is different but I really like how it turned out.

And my final card I decided to do some white embossing on Kraft cardstock with one of the flourishes. I really liked how it turned out so I needed to design something that showed it off a bit

So I added a flower stamped onto pink mixed in paper (I love how the white splotches added to the flower, so I am glad I few extra to use at a later date) some leaves & a thinking of you on black that been matted with some lined mix in paper. Everything sits on a Grid design from the Yesterday & Today Paper Pack.

This exclusive D-size Family Legacy – Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in March) 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 with Family Legacy – Stamp of the Month and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Shaunna Richards – Passionate About Pages 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

Color Your World – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Color Your World” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Miss. Carrie’s Creations 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.

Everyone has their favourite fun colouring method, be it coloured pencils, markers or watercolour paints. One of mine is with paper. Yes you read that correctly I enjoy colouring images with paper – it takes some fussy cutting but I find that relaxing. And so today I share with you a card that I coloured with paper.

I stamped the bunch of flowers from the Feb Stamp of the Month Cherish Her onto lots of scrap aper from all the current paper ranges & then fussy cut out the flowers & leaves & piece them together – like a jigsaw puzzel. I did colour the flower stems & bow with markers, as these parts were easier to colour with them than fussy cutting paper.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Katy Taylor to get more Color Your World 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