Magically Masked – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Magically Masked with Close To My Heart Products. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auWelcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we are “Magically Masked” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Sarah Devendorf 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.

Masking is a great way to create the illusion of depth and is a fun technique to try out.

You start out with the image you want at the front & cover it with a post it or scrap paper, then stamp the next image so it appears behind the first.

 

I did this using the cute Koala Adventures Stamp & Aloha Spirit. In fact I had to do some extra masking for the small hibiscus flower which is part of the Aloha word.

Fun In The Sun - Masking Technique with CTMH Koala Adventures. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I masked off the text that I did not want to ink before stamping the image, so I only got the flower. I covered the flower to stamp the Koala & shade/colouring – I did get a bit of shadow around the flower but filled it in with a Shin Han marker that closely matched the colour.

I finished off adding the surf board so that it sat behind the Koala – know the Koala kinda of looks like doing the hula. I thought the image was perfect to fussy cut around the whole image & add it to the cut apart picture my life Fun in the Sun Card from the Central Park Theme.

This is a perfect card to give to someone escaping from our winter to find some sun or for someone who just loves the sun & surf.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Melissa Robinson to get more wonderful masking ideas.

I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it and thanks so much for taking the time to check it out.

See you soon
Maz

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Close To My Heart Central Park Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Central Park 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 Central Park Paper Suite.

Central Park Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

This bright, fun, colourful & playful paper suite is full of houses & hot air balloons as well as fab patterns that can be used for any theme.

Today I am sharing a cute card where I actually used one of the Cut apart Picture My Life cards. Don’t be afraid of cutting these up or covering (as I have here) these cards up.

The green card was actually perfect to create a matt for this card. I also used the zip strips and the Central Park Sequins – which are see through.

 

I used the Heartfelt Thanks as my main stamped image, coloured with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers. The extra flowers are from the Many Congratulations stamp set.

You're the Best CTMH Central Park 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 with the Central Park Paper Suite.

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

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

CTMH Stamp of the Month: A Bushel & a Peck (S1806) 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 A Bushel & a Peck – June Stamp of the Month features a sweet girl, apples & lots of “I love you a lot” type sayings. I adore this sweet girl image & found her perfect to use for a number ideas.

A Bushel & a Peck - June Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The sayings were a little different for me – I think it is just not something I would normally hear. But it was fun to find out what a bushel & a peck were & what they meant.

It is a wonderful way to say that I love your more.

 

 

My First card I combine the sweet girl with Fresh Air Paper Pack & used one of the copper foil banners for the Thanks. I had fun fussy cutting some leaves to create my little cluster on the side.

Thanks Card with CTMH Bushel and a Peck www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

My next card I played with inks & paints & created a background with white embossing & washed out stamped ink flowers using the Beautiful Friendship – Scrapbooking stamp set. I coloured the girl in with pink tones to match into the background.

Happy Wishes Card with CTMH Bushel and a Peck www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I had fun creating these two different cards & I look forward to creating other ideas with this months stamp set.

If you liked to own  A Bushel & a Peck = June 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 June 30th

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Megan Lawrence – Crop Craft Create 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 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

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