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

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

Close To My Heart Cherishing Her – February Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Cherishing Her – February Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from 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 post.

The Cherishing Her – February Stamp of the Month is a great stamp set to celebrate the females in your life, be it your mother, sister, aunt or even your female friend. You are sure to find something that works no matter who you create for.

My first card I decided to create with the Card Front Spinner Thin Cut die – which has become a new favourite tool

The words in the Rainbow Wishes worked well with the sentiments from Cherish Her to allow the sender multiple options to describe their friend. I stamped the flowers so you could not see the ribbon & stems & coloured in with markers.

My next card I couldn’t go past using this sweet Nan image from You’re Not Old & I just love the fact she is holding an oversize bunch of flowers

I used the pink watercolour paper from Celebrate Today Paper Pack, coloured in the images with markers & fussy cut both out & then added extra flowers on foam tape to hide joins & give height. The heart zip strip really helped to finish off the card.

This next card I wanted to try a different colouring technique & not white cardstock & I was happy with the result

I stamped with versamark ink & white embossed & coloured with the Clear Shimmer Brush & added a few loose sequins.

Bonus Card Idea

So I actually created & shared an idea using this stamp set last month for the Freshly Made Sketches #417. But I really loved how it turned out so I am re-sharing t here for another idea on how to use this stamp set. I used the middle stitch rectangle with some mix-in papers matted on a torn bottom mix -in & coloured my flowers in with markers.

You Make My Heart Smile Handmade Card #CTMH

This exclusive D-size Cherishing Her – Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in February) can be yours for just $9 AUD/ $10 NZD, when you place an order of $88 AUD/$98 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 Cherishing Her – Stamp of the Month 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

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

Close To My Heart Spruced Up Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Spruced Up 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.

Spruced Up has a wintery feel due to the Sticker sheet but if you omit that you have this lovely combo of Sangria & New England Ivy & a fabulous white wood grain that could be used for other projects not so wintery themed.

My first card was super quick & simple & only has the smallest amount of stamping as I used the Spruced Up Sticker Sheet to create my main focal point of the card.

Thinking Of You Handmade Card created with Close To My Heart Spruced Up #CTMH #CTMHSprucedUp

My next card I wanted to play with the new Happy Birthday Shaker Die, so I combined it with a daisy flower cut from the Flower Market Cricut & paired that with some of the leaves from the Spruced up Sticker sheet.

Happy Birthday Spruced up Shaker Card created with Close To My Heart Spruced Up #CTMH #CTMHSprucedUp

I had lots of fun creating with Spruced Up 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 on

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

Close To My Heart Everyday Magic – January Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Everyday Magic – January Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Lauren Moore 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.

Everyday Magic – January Stamp of the Month is full of positive setiments, that are perfect for both cardmaking & scrapbooking

My first card I combined a saying from the Everyday Magic with flowers from the Shared Happiness stamp & Thin Cut set & Sangria pattern paper from the Spruced Up paper pack

Kind Heart, brave spirit: Everyday Magic - January Stamp of the Month

I love how the window cut to the side, along with the flowers, frames the saying & draws your eye right to it.

My next card I created as a spinner card, I actually used the new Card Front Spinner Thin Cut Die, it was an experiment to to see what else I could do with the die & I was really happy how this saying surrounded by the flowers spins.

Seek Everyday Magic - January Stamp of the Month

My final card also uses the Shared Happiness stamp & Thin Cut – I think it might be a new favourite?

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful: Everyday Magic - January Stamp of the Month

This time I had to do some fancy stamping to reduce the line height between the words to allow the saying to fit into this rectangle. But I really do like how it worked out & I love the gradient mint colour on this Mix -in paper that I used in the background with the stitched rectangle die.

This exclusive D-size Everyday Magic stamp set (only available in January) can be yours for just $9 AUD/ $10 NZD, when you place an order of $88 AUD/$98 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 Everyday Magic – January Stamp of the Month 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 on Everyday Magic

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