Close To My – I Heart Us Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our I Heart Us Paper Suite, Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Nell Ward 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 would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Featured collection I Heart Us Paper Suite

 

I Heart Us Close To My Heart Scrapbooking Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

This fun vibrant paper suite has a bit of something for all occasions, there are stripes, geometric patterns, spots & tiny hearts on the paper & there are rainbows, flowers & butterflies in the cut apart sheet & compliments.

It truely is a happy paper suite & I really have enjoyed creating with it.

My first share with you is a scrapbook Layout that I created with the I Heart Us Paper Suite.

 

I Need a 6 month vacation twice a year scrapbook layout with CTMH I Heart Us www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

First I designed a flower boarder using the Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection. I welded & sliced until  I got the design I wanted & cut on white cardstok. I backed the flowers with the papers from the  Heart Us Paper Suite, bar one which is a yellow from the Something Fierce.

I created some water colour in different greens & yellows. I also added in some transparent texture paste taht you cannot really see till you are close up. This was all done onto white daisy that I cut smaller to mat with the lighter side of Lagoon cardstock. I placed this cut out flower boarder onto the water colour . This formed my decorative element to my layout.

I matted the photos & added extra paper strips at the top, created a label for a little subtitle & stamped a saying from one of the stamp sets you get from the Cricut® You Are Here Collection to form my title. 

Finally I added embellishments using the I Heart Us Compliments & sequins. 

While there are no flowers in my photos, I was originally going to add flower photos, I thought it didn’t really matter as the photos had a lot of greenery so it was more about nature.

My second creation is a card combining the  I Heart Us Paper Suite and the exclusive Love Blossoms stamp set.

Flower Card with CTMH I Heart Us & Love Blossoms www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I cut the yellow striped paper at an angle & added a strip of patten lagoon. I coloured the Love Blossom image with Shin Han Markers & fussy cut out & added some I Heart Us Compliments to finish off.

I hope you liked what I created & it inspires you to try out some of these ideas.

If you love this featured collection I Heart Us Paper Suite then 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 on my website

I’d 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 I Heart Us.

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

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Mixing it up with Close To My Heart – Scrapbook Layout

Love At First Sight baby scrapbook layout with Close To My Heart I Heart Us, Heart Happy & CTMH Mix-in Papers.
www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Over the weekend I decided to finally scrap the new born photo of my grand niece. And thought I would mix it up using some stamping as well as different alphabet stamps & different Close To My Heart Paper Suites.

I started off with the stamping using the Budding Peony Stamp + Thin Cuts (I think this will be my most used stamp set of the Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea book) and coloured in with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers. I was going to reproduce the look I done on a card for the Faux Dimension with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers post but scrapbook style. But well I have misplaced my Black Marker & if anyone knows where I put it, please let me know as I know its friends are missing the black being in the roll up marker case with them. So well instead of wasting time I continued on a different path.

I then started to layer papers behind my photo so I had a sense of where I could place it amongst the flowers that I had stamped. I added some I Heart Us Paper & Heart Happy Paper, as they had the pinks that went with the Peony’s that I coloured, plus the Heart Happy Paper finishes up this month & well I Heart Us Paper is the featured paper so it made sense to use these.

I also needed some contrast so found some black spotted in the Mix-in Paper but there was also a fab pink stripe on one of the z strips. In the end I added more black in other ways than using the paper.

The mixing didn’t stop at the paper, I also created a title that mixed up two alphabet stamps & some chipboard letters & the I really like how it all turned out.

The word Love if from the I Heart Us Complements (oh my I love these) & I did a bit of doodling around the heart O. I really liked how you can see some of the peony peeking through the letters. The word at (stamped with Simply Said) was stamped directly onto the page (amazed that I did not somehow drop the stamp & stuffed that up) & finished off with some clear sparkles. I fussy cut out First (stamped with Solid Classroom Alphabet) and stuck them with foam tape over a wash of shimmer and well as I had the Simply Said stamp set out I just used that to stamped Sight onto some scrap. I layered this word over some paper & vellum strips.

My final bit of mixing it up (ok ignore the accidental double stamped flower – it didn’t stamp correctly & I miss-aligned second go & it was the last flower added – always the way) was with some Die Cuts (or Thin Cuts as they are known from Close To My Heart) I used two different Fancy Tags (one of which is cut in half & the other a top 1/3rd was cut off) & I added strip that had bee decorated with one of the Decorative Borders (seriously one of my fav dies) to crate a journalling spot.

I actually replicated this circle journalling spot (without the journalling ) & added it in amongst the layers of paper I used around my photo.

Anyway I hope you like my little mixed up scrapbooking layout – it shows that all the Close To My Heart Products co-ordinate together nicely. You just need to pull out the bits & pieces to see how they work together.

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

Close To My – Something Fierce Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Something Fierce Paper Suite, Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Nell Ward – Nelliebligh then you are in the right place.
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Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Featured collection Something Fierce Paper Suite

Close To My Heart Something Fierce Paper Suite https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au

You may or may not have notice something a bit different about the paper packs in the new Seasonal Expressions 1?

The paper packs no longer include a cut apart Picture My Life pocket card sheet. They now have a cut apart embellishment sheet that has a pattern printed on one side & the cut apart embellishment print on the other.

So you can use the Dinosaur themed paper & the cut apart embellishments along with the Complements to make a very Dinosaur themed paper craft item or just use the generic patterns of the paper & pull out the non themed embellishments to create something different.

This allows you to have so many more options – but what about the pocket scrapbookers?

Well they do not miss out there are fab complimenting Picture My Life™ Cards perfect for the pocket scrapbooker or if you like to make cards out these – then you love that you will not have to cut them up – unless you really want to.

Anyway I love the what Close To My Heart is now offering with the paper suites & today I want to share this scrapbook layout I created with Something Fierce, which doesn’t have any dinosaurs in sight.

Love This Kid Scrabooking Baby Layout with Close To My Heart Something Fierce Paper Suite & CTMH Stamp of the Month Card Captions #ctmh #ctmhSomethingFierce https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I pulled out some ideas that I learnt from the Close To My Heart Album Retreat I went to in Sep 2018 & used some of the papers & embellishments from both the cut apart paper & the Complements of the Something Fierce Paper Suite to create a focus on my cute little Grand Niece.

Close Up of Love This Kid Scrabooking Baby Layout with Close To My Heart Something Fierce Paper Suite & CTMH Stamp of the Month Card Captions #ctmh #ctmhSomethingFierce https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I even used some stamps from the Card Captions – January Stamp of the Month as they worked well with the layout. I used the Sending sunshine and rainbows & the dotted border stamp.

The layout also features a number of techniques including the use of one of the decorate border thin cuts at the top & bottom, some fussy cutting pink scallops out of pattern paper, stamping and a Ballerina & clear shimmer ink wash behind the word Kid.

I raised the photo up on 3D Foam tape to allow a hidden journal block & created a pull tab with the small pink printed star cut apart embellishment.

I used a mix of Alphabet Stamps to create my title, Solid Classroom & Simply Said.

By the way, Alphabet Stamps are 35% off this month!

Close Up of Love This Kid Scrabooking Baby Layout with Close To My Heart Something Fierce Paper Suite & CTMH Stamp of the Month Card Captions #ctmh #ctmhSomethingFierce https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au

This is a great layout to use scraps as your strips of paper , you do not have to go across completely behind  the photo, if they are too small cut them in half & only have what you need pocking out of each side of the photo. I did this with a couple of the washi like sticker strips & one of the cut apart printed paper strips.

I had fun creating this layout & been dying to share it since early Jan when I created it.

If you love this featured collection Something Fierce Paper Suite then 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 on my website

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren Moore.

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

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

Close To My Oh What Fun Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Oh What Fun Paper Suite, 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.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Featured collection Oh What Fun Paper Suite

Oh What Fun Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auI love the bright fun colours of the Oh What Fun Paper Suite., they are very suitable for a non traditional Christmas but the patterns & colours can be used for more than Christmas.

I decided to use the pinks & some of the mint colours in a scrapbook layout featuring my nephew’s dog, China – I haven’t got any journaling on this as this will be a title page for a bunch of layouts featuring this cute fun fur baby.

This layout is mixed media but the background was super easy (though a tiny bit time consuming) to create.

A Dog's Life CTMH Oh What Fun Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I added some of the papers under the photo & mixed up some Hello Pumpkin. I added some Decorative Borders cut from Raspberry & Black. This was matted onto crinkled vellum that actually got crinkled because I had it on the bed & one of the cats walked over it! Lesson leaned so not place vellum on soft surface where it is likely to get walked or sat on.

Believe it or not the watercolour background is not created with watercolours but with a stamp set called Watercolour Impressions stamped in Mink & Mint. Believe me at first it looks like a hot mess & if you try it you might think that this is not going to turn out – but the papers cover most of it up & it just peeks out here & there.

I then set about cutting up 1inch squares from not only Oh What Fun but also Hello Pumpkin & the Seasonal Mix in as they both included colours & pattens that worked well with the Oh What Fun Paper Suite. These squares were then hand cut into triangles & turned into a chevron pattern. I mixed this up with some zip strips & stamped doodle borders & even some washi tape.

I did find that after I placed the title on which is a mixed of a stamped & Cricut cut that is was not standing out & that the background was competing focus for the photo. It was the bright raspberry on some of the patterns was detracting away from the eye so I did a white wash with white water colour paint. this help soften the pinks to match in with China’s outfit.

A Dog's Life Close up CTMH Oh What Fun Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Its messy & fun, which I know this style is not for everyone but that is life with pets – they can be messy & fun so I do hope you enjoyed this different way to use up a bright Christmas Themed paper pack.

This exclusive Featured collection Oh What Fun Paper Suite is only available until December 31 as we are now coming to the end of the Holiday Expressions Idea Book. So I would hurry before it is gone for good.

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 on my website

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom.

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

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

Shake Things Up! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Shake Things Up! - CTMH Technique Blog Hop www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auWelcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we have “Shake Things Up” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Shirley Ross 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.

Shakers are a fun interactive element that can be added to any papercrafting project & I love the fact that Close To My Heart now stock Shaker Window Foam & Acetate & a Thin Cuts -Shaker Window & Confetti to allow us to create these shaker elements.

As our new shaker card thin cut is a circle, it was perfect to add in amongst the circles on this scrapbook layout and the Loose Sequins are like smaller circles – repeating the pattern on the layout.Currently In My Life Scrapbook Layout with Close To My Heart Shaker element www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Close up of the Shaker on the Scrapbook Layout
Shaker Close Up www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

For my next idea I decided to turn the shaker into a Snow Globe. I created the stand in Design Space & the snow hills from the Decorative Borders & the little houses are in the Cricut® Season of Joy Digital Collection. I resized the houses to fit inside the snow globe & the Loose Sequins act as the snow falling.

Shaker Snow Globe www.closetomyheart.com.au

I also created a see through shaker card – these cards do use two acetate sheets but I do love the way you can see through to the inside of the card where you could place a sentiment. I kept this card very simple with just a poinsettia on the Candy Apple circle.

See Through Shaker with poinsettia www.closetomyheart.com.au

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Carol Loftus to get more ideas in using the new shaker card products.

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

CTMH Stamp of the Month: Seasonal Trees (S1811) 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, Shaunna Richards Passionate About Pages then you are in the right place.

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The Seasonal Trees – November Stamp of the Month The  features three fab trees suitable throughout any season, be it summer, winter, spring or autumn.

They can be used for Christmas or to just create pretty scene. I loved this stamp set when I first saw it & have been looking forward to creating something with it to share with you all.Seasonal Trees - November Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The first card I made is a Christmas Card where I used one of the tree leaves & the cute little bird house from the Seasonal Tree stamp set. I really love how this turned out with the sponging & stamping of the leaves in different greens peaking out of the large scallop that has been cut using the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts.

Seasonal Trees November Stamp of the Month Christmas Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

The next card I used the same leaves combined with the pine cones from the Wonder of the Season stamp set to create this Christmas themed image. Adding the Candy Apple Striped Ribbon & the Red Pearls helped finish this image off.

Christmas Pine Cone bunch made with CTMH Seasonal Trees November Stamp of the Month www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

My final card I decided to actual feature one of the trees in full. The background that it is on is created with sage ink on an acrylic block with drops of gold shimmer pen & stamped onto cardstock. It was heat set & the tree stamped partially over the background. The leaves stamped in sage which appears darker as the background became lighter when it was mixed with the gold shimmer. I haven’t added a sentiment yet as I think I could use this card for Christmas or for someone’s birthday.

Seasonal Trees November Stamp of the Month with Bird House www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it

If you liked to own Seasonal Trees – November Stamp of the Month  all you need to do is add it to your cart at full retail price of $29.50AUD OR, with your qualifying order of $82.50AUD, add it at checkout for the promotional price of $8.25AUD. You only have until September 30th

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to the very talented Doreen Watkins to get more wonderful ideas on how to use this stamp set.

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s Stamp of the Month.

See you soon
Maz