Playing with Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper Pack

Have you had a chance to play with the Jack the Close To My Heart Paper Pack?

Well let me tell you it is a fab fun & a little bit manly.

Into Scrapbooking 

You will love the Jack the Close To My Heart Paper Pack to scrapbook your camping trips & if you have a little wild child this paper pack if perfect.

Scrapbooking with Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper PackScrapbooking with Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper Pack

Into Pocket Scrapbooking 
If Traditional Scrapbooking is not your thing – Jack as with all Close To My Heart Paper Packs includes some cut apart Pocket Scrapbooking pages that you can cut up & create your pocket scrapbook layout in a flash.
Pocket Scrapbooking with Close To My Heart Jack Papers

Into Card Making 
I can Bearly Stand this cute Bear Stamp from the Jack Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts Bundle & you can use this cutie for any occasion.
Jack the Bear with Flowers from Hello Foxy - June Stamp of the Month
Cardmaking with Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper Pack


And I could not resist making a Popup Box card with the Bear.

Of course there is also the always fab Father’s Day Cardmaking Kit which allows you to create 12 Brilliant cards
Workshops Your Way® Father's Day Cardmaking Kit

Into Paper Crafting 
If you love to create something a little different how about decorating up a Photo Frame like this Jack Handsome Frame
Jack Handsome Photo Frame

Whatever Your Into
Whatever form of crafting Jack has something for everyone.Jack Paper Packet
Make sure you get your pack today before it is all gone by the end of this month.

Thanks for checking out what I had to say about Jack the Close To My Heart featured Paper Pack
Till Next Time Maz


CTMH Stamp of the Month: School Year (S1708)

Hands up if you still have to scrapbook your school photos.

Well you will love the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month: School Year
School Year—August Stamp of the Month

As you can see there are some fab images to create amazing Scrapbook Layouts or even school themed cards.

I love this example of using the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month: School Year just scrapbooking the First Day & the Last Day of the School Year & noting the changes over the year.

Then and Now Scrapbook Layout using School Year Stamp Of The Month


So if you want to get School Year – August Stamp of the Month (S1708)  you can 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 Aug 31st, to own it.

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out this post.

See you soon.

CTMH Live Beautifully Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard to our very special edition – Live Beautifully 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 post.

May is National Scrapbooking Month and to help you celebrate the beauty of your life, Close To My Heart brings you this limited-time Live Beautifully collection. From this collection you can choose to get the Live Beautifully: Cut Above® Layout Kit, Live Beautifully Paper Packet, Live Beautifully Stamp Set or get a discount on one of the Live Beautifully Album Bundles, only available until May 31st.

Now it maybe National Scrapbooking Month, but that doesn’t mean that you have to Scrapbook with these items! I  mean I have but you can also make  cards with the Live Beautifully Stamp Set & or with the Paper Packet and for this hop I wanted to show a few ideas of a scrapbook layout & some cards.

First up is this Smile Scrapbook Layout. I wanted to show how the papers could lean more to a male than using the Flowers.

Smile Scrapbook Layout Live Beautifully collection

The Live Beautifully Paper Packet has some black & white stripes & geometric greys as well as a blue watercolour look designs that work nicely for a male layout. I stamped & embossed the word Smile for the title. And once I decide the photos I will most likely add some Flip Flaps for more photos on this layout.

And now for the cards I wanted to show how the paper looks with the Live Beautifully Stamp Set & a design without.

Rose Card - Live Beautifully collection

The Rose card was stamped with the Live Beautifully Stamp Set in Blossom Ink & then I water coloured over with the watercolour paints, completely covering the stamp image. This gave the rose a water coloured look. I liked the rose on the rose designed paper but I needed to tone it down so that the stamped flower wasn’t lost. So I swiped White Daisy Ink over the paper to give it a distressed shabby chic look.

Here are some close ups of the painted Rose. You can also see the difference in the paper once the White Daisy Ink has gone over it.

Rose Card close up - Live Beautifully collection Card showing the difference in the paper once white daisy ink has been added - Live Beautifully collection

The next Card is this cute Panda Card

Panda Card - Live Beautifully collection Panda was created from a very cute Bear image from the Jack Cardmaking bundle. He is coloured in black watercolour pencil to make him look like a Panda & added to a card decorated with the Live Beautifully Paper.

Close up of the Panda.

Panda Card close up - Live Beautifully collection


And I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Doris Taylor – Creative Inspirations to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this this month’s Live Beautifully collection.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas. I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it. Remember you only have until May 31st, to get the Live Beautifully Collection.

See you soon.

15 Minute Memories: Cut Above™ Scrapbook Layout Kits

15 Minute Memories Cut Above™ layout kits are available at 50% off the retail price!
Preserve your memories in minutes with Cut Above™ layout kits.

Save 50% on our Cut Above™ layout kits, which are designed to make memory keeping easier than ever. Each layout kit includes:
• Two 12″ x 12″ printed base pages
• Die-cut paper pieces
• Title and embellishment stickers
• 12 coordinating pocket cards
• Two 12″ x 12″ Memory Protectors™
• Two pocket-style Memory Protectors™

Choose between two designs Little One and Forever & Always and then follow the simple assembly instructions to create your beautiful two-page layout in minutes, See how

Add even more memories using the coordinating pocket cards and pocket Memory Protectors included in the kit.
You’re going to love how quickly you can preserve your memories with Cut Above.

New Consultants:
Anyone who signs up in April will receive their choice of either the Little One and Forever & Always Cut Above™ Layout Kit in their New Consultant Kit at no additional cost to them!

SO what are you waiting for?
I would love to for to start quickly scrappin those memories or even have you join my team.

Thanks for dropping by and checking out our latest offer.
till Next Time Maz

*Offer available 1 April–30 April 2017 while supplies last. Shipping and handling assessed on retail value.

Close To My Heart Dreamin’ Big Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Creating with 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 post.

Today I am sharing with you a scrapbook layout that I created with the Dreamin’ Big Paper Suite which is a fun paper suite to play with as it has a great mix of bugs & insects as well as flowers so works great for all types of projects.

I stumbled upon these old photos that are poorly focused, badly lit old film process photos, but do bring back some happy memories so they needed to be scrapped, there were only two photos that were ok to focus on – the rest will be added to Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ when they arrive. But I loved how this paper pack worked with these poor fishing photos.

The layout is inspire by Jan from Intense Magic Creates (who I discovered on Instagram) where there is loads of inspiration including a layout that kickstarted my little version. Make sure you check Jan’s work out when you get a chance.

Hello Happy, Hello Sun shine and Good Times Double Page Scrapbook layout using Close To My Heart Dreamin' Big Paper Packet.

Some of the details

I created some visual interest by creating triangles out of the Dreamin’ Big Paper  and surround the photos to make them the journalling and a title as part of the main focus of the page. I liked how each page woks well by it self but flows nicely when placed together.

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Megan Lawrence : Crop Craft Create who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful with the Dreamin’ Big Paper Suite

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 Dreamin’ Big Paper Suite…see you soon & keep creating!


Fun Friday Technique: Watercolour With Your Ink Pad


Did you know that you can use the Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad to watercolour?

It is super simple & you can use a bunch of different water colouring techniques such as a wash or watercolour ink splatter.

What is great about this technique is you do not need much & it is super simple & easy.

What you need
– You choice of colour Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
– Your choice of size of the waterbush Small Round, Medium Round or Medium Flat. It depends on the look you are after. Play with each one to see what you like.

Technique Process
– Squeeze the Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad together so that the lid touches the ink.
– Open the Stamp Ink Pad & using the waterbush pick up some of the ink from the Lid
– You can now use it to create a wash like I did over the cute Partridge or splatter it like I have on the corner of my Scrapbook Page.
– Wipe/brush or paint off any excess colour on your brush if you are finished or want to change colours. This way no chance of mudding your colours. Plus you get an interesting background to use later.

Bonus Tip
– Try this using the Clear Shimmer Brush instead of the waterbrush to get a little shimmer added to your water colour. You will love the look.

For the Scrapbook Layout I used the splatter technique in the top corner – super easy to tap the water brush to get the splatters
Watercolour With Your Ink Pad - once the colour is loaded to your brush you can tap off to get a paint splatter

Below is a close up of the splatters on the scrapbook layout & me very quickly (and not neatly at all) doing a quick water wash with two different coloured inks on this very cute stamp which will be available in April – unless you join up as a consultant this month – then you get it now for FREE! I did use the shimmer brush but the shimmer doesn’t photo very well.

Close To My Heart posted a quick video on their Instagram which shows the technique in full. Just click on the image & it will play for you a super quick video.

How often do you use this inking technique?

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I hope you enjoyed this Friday Fun Technique and I hope you give it a try over this weekend.

Till next time Maz