Close To My Heart For My Beautiful Friend – July Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

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A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our For My Beautiful Friend – July 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.

When I first saw this stampset I knew it would be perfect for the centre stage spotlight technique, I mean it looks just like someone finishing a performance & getting a bouquet of flowers.

I used both my ink pads & makers & some masking to achieve the look & added an extra flower from the Summer Vibes Acrylic Shapes. I matted the card with some Mixed-In paper

On my second card I really wanted to use the wonderful wash stamp & one of the many sentiments.

I kept the card simple & created pennants from a mix of Summer Vibes & Mix-in papers added a stitched look using the Build-a-Plaid & the butterfly just added that something extra special.

This exclusive D-size For My Beautiful Friend – July Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in July) as a statement or just to add a sentiment, this stamp set 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 and I would 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

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

Close To My Heart Garden Tags – June Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

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A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Garden Tags – June 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.

This month the Garden Tags stamp set has lots of detailed nature images to create pretty tags & what is even better is that you can get matching Tag Thin Cut Dies to cut them out.

I thought I start off creating something that was not a tag, to show how it could be used if you did not feel like making tags.

I started off colouring in the tag image & then I wondered if the image would fit inside any of my other die cuts that I had. I actually had the Scalloped Circle Thin Cut cut out with a circle out to form a wind from another project, in a totally different colour & really like the idea, so it was recut in white daisy. I found that the mint/blue spotted paper from the Stitched Together paper pack matched the sky I coloured in on the tag & designed the rest of the card to tie everything together.

This exclusive D-size Garden Tags – June Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in May) as a statement or just to add a sentiment, this stamp set 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 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

Close To My Heart Time to Celebrate – May Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

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A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Time to Celebrate – May Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Doris Taylor – Creative Inspirations 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.

This month it is all about the fancy sentiments in the the Time to Celebrate stamp set & it was fun to come up with some creative ideas in using it.

So I decided to turn these sentiment words into flower stems – I mean why not?

Close To My Heart Time to Celebrate - May  Stamp of the Month

These flowers were left overs from another project, they were cut from the cricut & have texture paste added to them.& painted over with watercolour paints & shimmer pens , but I think these words would look great as a stem for a stamped flower.

My next idea is a very subtle use of the stamp set.

Close To My Heart Time to Celebrate - May  Stamp of the Month

All I did is add the little crosses, they kind of look like cross stitch & a thinking of you sentiment.

whether you want to use this exclusive D-size Time to Celebrate – May Stamp of the Month stamp set (only available in May) as a statement or just to add a sentiment, this stamp set 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 and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings 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 O-fish-ally Awesome – April Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

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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

Close To My Heart Family Legacy – March Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

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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

Color Your World – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Color Your World” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Miss. Carrie’s Creations 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.

Everyone has their favourite fun colouring method, be it coloured pencils, markers or watercolour paints. One of mine is with paper. Yes you read that correctly I enjoy colouring images with paper – it takes some fussy cutting but I find that relaxing. And so today I share with you a card that I coloured with paper.

I stamped the bunch of flowers from the Feb Stamp of the Month Cherish Her onto lots of scrap aper from all the current paper ranges & then fussy cut out the flowers & leaves & piece them together – like a jigsaw puzzel. I did colour the flower stems & bow with markers, as these parts were easier to colour with them than fussy cutting paper.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Katy Taylor to get more Color Your World ideas.

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & are an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon
Maz