Close To My Heart: Hope & Kindness collection Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our National Scrapbooking Month Hope & Kindness collection 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.

For this National Scrapbooking Month Close To My Heart created this gorgeous Hope & Kindness collection. So I scrapbooked with this collection – yes I know I normally makes cards, I did makes some with this collection as well as it was too pretty not too, but I am sharing some scrapbooking today! I hope you enjoy what I created with it as I had a lot of fun using it.

For this first layout, I used a bunch of the patterns papers & cardstock to form triangles to draw attention to the photo, which I will add once printed.

I stamped the Brush Strokes stamp set in Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad so that it appears to be peeking out from under the triangles. I used the Embroidered Borders in Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad to make it look like I added stitching. I fussy cut some to the flowers & tucked them in between the layers of the triangles. I cut out First Mother’s Day using the Cricut & stamped Enjoy this moment & Oh Happy Day from the In Full Bloom—Cardmaking stamp set.

The next layout I mixed the Hope & Kindness collection with the As You Grow Paper Collection to create this Welcome Home Baby Scrapbook layout.

The scrapbook based is one of the Hope & Kindness Coordinating Cardstock, it looks like kraft cardstock that has been painted with white paint or gesso. I thought it was perfect to draw attention to the middle of the layout. I used sticker strips & cut up pattern paper strips of the pattern paper up the top & bottom and to layer under the main photo area. I stamped the Embroidered Borders amongst the paper & stickers. I cut out Sweet with the Cricut & another Sweet was stamped. The photo placement has vellum under it so you can see some of the paper & sticker strips.

I enjoyed creating both of these scrapbook layouts, I hope you liked these ideas & will get some inspiration.

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I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Danielle Edwards – Scrappy Chicks enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature

There are also some different workshops you might want to try out including the Hope & Kindness Scrapbooking Workshop Kit (without Memory Protectors™) or the Hope & Kindness Cardmaking Workshop Kit or the Hope & Kindness Album Workshop Kit or just grab the Hope & Kindness Product Bundle & create whatever you like.

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

True Story – An interactive mini album project!

Papercrafting meets memory keeping in this incredibly interactive mini album project!

Our new True Story album makes it easier than ever to preserve your stories and photos & is a one-of-a-kind memory-keeping project for National Papercrafting Month

The True Story project has room for an amazing number of photos and stories thanks to the innovative Flip Flaps, making this album a keepsake you will love paging through time and time again!

The True Story album kit comes with pre-cut pieces and die-cuts making assembly a breeze. You can embellish the book with coordinating stickers and clear acrylic pages for a truly unique look, creating a delightful mini album with surprises on every page!

To get a full picture of this album’s potential, including all the opportunities for journaling and photo display in the finished product, check out this short video, which shows off each page of this one-of-a-kind album.

Offer available through 28 February 2022, while supplies last. 

Specials & Offers

Make sure you check out our other great promotions. Meet the new Smitten collection of Valentine’s crafting items that will have you falling head over heels! Or why not Sign up as a Maker with Close To My Heart. Signing up is a better deal this month than ever, because you can sign up for just $20 and you’ll get $22 back in CTMH Cash!  Or maybe you want to rediscover Chantilly – a popular and stylish paper collection with coordinating stamp sets! Or be a VIP customer & join us for a VIP scrapbooking workshop – VIP Highlights or add a Craft with Heart™—Subscriptions with Heart! for easy Scrapbooking & card Making options.

I hope you are inspired get the True Story mini album project. Until next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

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

Make sure you check out our other great promotions including Blue Skies & the Love for Mother. And don’t forget you can sign up any time to our Craft with Heart™ – Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Subscriptions with Heart. With new designs that have started this month.

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