Close To My Heart Stitched Together Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards – Scrappychicks 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 Stitched Together Paper Collection is a mix of floral images that can easily be used for quilting or sewing themed scrapbook layouts. It has pops of bright colours such Candy Apple & Sapphire with the softer colours of Peach & Mint.

My first project is a 12″ x 12″ Scrapbook Layout, based off the a scrapbook layout that Close To My Heart done for a virtual event for Mothers Day.

I used a a mixed of fussy cutting the floral paper of flowers & butterflies with the sticker sheet for more flowers & leaves.

I added some some stamped stitches to the layout & created some watercolour effects with the Strokes of an Artist using Mink Ink. To create my Title I used a sentiment from the Stitched Together Cardmaking to go with the Good Times sticker sheet & added some markers to the white foam alphabet stickers. I replaced the dot in the i with a flower bud sticker.I softened the lighter side of the Lemonade cardstock by adding a layer of vellum, which was also used as part of a cluster under the photo mat.

To get more photos & extra journalling space I added a Flip Flap.

I had lots of fun creating this layout with Stitched Together 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

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

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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

Stay Safe & Craft From Home

National Scrapbooking Day

National Scrapbooking Day- Free All Day Virtual Craft Event!

Join Close To My Heart on Facebook for an entire day filled with creativity and fun as we celebrate National Scrapbooking Day!

We will be live from 11am-11pm Mountain Daylight Time – everyone is welcome to join in and watch the FREE event on our Close To My Heart Facebook Page!

We have some fabulous creative projects and fun giveaways lined up, so we hope you will tune in and be our virtual crafting buddies for the day!

If you would like to craft along with us, we will be offering product bundles with materials for completing the creative projects or you can just craft with what you have at home.

In addition, we will also have special guest Stacy Julian joining us to put together a Story Starter album and share tips on telling our stories during this time.

Product bundles will be available soon, as well as a time schedule for each of the projects—watch for these announcements on this event page!

Finally, be sure to RSVP by clicking the “going” button on this event page before Friday, May 1, in order to be entered into giveaways that will happen between creative sessions! You MUST RSVP to be eligible for giveaways!

Please stay safe, I look forward to crafting with you at home.

Till Next time
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