Creative with Cardstock – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Wendy Kessler 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.

I thought for this I would focus on tone on tone stamping & sanding to create a gunged up look for my card.

I randomly stamped images from the Level Up stamp set in Harbour ink onto Harbour cardstock. I then sanded the cardstock lightly to revel the whit core & to give the background some texture.

I stamped one of the game controls in Charcoal Ink onto Charcoal cardsock & cut it out. I stamped the saying onto French Vanilla & used the medium stitched rectangle & popped that up onto 3D foam tape.

I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of the Creative with Cardstock theme, I would love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Darlys Recker to get more Creative with Cardstock 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
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Maz

Stunning Stencils – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

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 we are incorporating stencils into our artwork, I did consider using a Thin Cut die or even using the Cricut to cut one out but decided to use one of the ones that we have avaialbe.

I used the leaf stencil from Card Front Stencil Pack 2 – I really like this stencil. I thought I would combine it with even more leaves from the Sprigs & Sentiments Stamp set.

I started with my background I sponged the stencil with a mixture of Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide™ Ink & Peeled Paint Distress Oxide™ Ink. I then stamped my leaves & coloured them in assorted green TriBlend™ Markers.

I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of the Stunning Stencils theme, I would love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Haley Dyer to get more Stunning Stencils 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
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Maz

Let’s Get Geometrical – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Let’s Get Geometrical” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Tamara Sandwisch then you are in the right place.

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Today we focus on a Geometric Shape/Pattern to enhance our artwork. When this theme came up my mind went right to the Geometric Circle Digital Art. I have been meaning to use this for a project since it was released & with this theme it is the perfect time to use it.

I cut out three Geometric Circle Digital Art from white daisy cardstock & placed behind the Circle Windows Slimline Thin Cuts die. I then cut some flowers from the Cricut® Love Each Day Collection & the Sawyer Digital Art Collection. I stamped a thank you from the For All Occasions stamp set. The Geometric Circle Digital Art works perfectly on this card & I look forward to using it on a different project.

For my next idea I created the Geometric Pattern from an overlay from the Cricut® Artbooking Collection.

I cut it so that it fit the width of the card. I added some Sawyer Paper above & below it & a strip of Glacier. I cut out a hanging pot from the Cricut® Flower Market Collection. I stamped some of the cacti from the Succa for You stamp set & the Wishing You Well from the For All Occasions stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of the Let’s Get Geometrical theme, I would love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Michelle Johns to get more Let’s Get Geometrical 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
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Maz

Close To My Heart Layered Flowers Thin Cuts – Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Layered Flowers Thin Cuts Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

Australasian Blog Hop

If you have arrived here from Danielle Edwards Scrappy Chick 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 Layered Flowers Thin Cuts are very vertisile flower thin cut dies that are a great investment. You might be thinking I have already got other flower dies, but these ones once you experiment with them a bit you can create more than the flowers that are featured on the front cover of the annual catalogue.

For my first card I did use the Layered flowers as expected.

I created the card front with the Embroidered Card Front stamp set. I cut out the leaves from Rosemary Cardstock & when I glued them down, I slightly curved them to match the inner circle. I cut the smaller flower from Mulberry Cardstock, using both the light side & the dark side layered together. I added some silver foil centres.This card came together very quickly as I had the flowers already done foor something else & I did not use them. I think I be making a bunch more flowers just to have on hand ready to quickly embellish a card.

For my next card I wanted to do something creative with the flowers, so at first I folded these large petals in half & then realised they sort of looked a bit like cone flowers.

After a bit of experimentation, I ended up cutting the petals so I could layer them & stamped on one of the images with Perfectly Imperfect Patterns & some sponging I got these gorgeous flowers.

I used some As You Grow Paper behind the Circle Windows Slimline Thin Cuts & added a For You stamp. I loved how this card turned out.

And finally I wanted to use the leaves.

I painted some watercolour paper in various greens from my water paints. I added water spray & dried it with a heat gun. I added some Lime & Gilt Gloss spays. And then I cut out my leaves.

I used the Curved Rectangle Frame Thin Cuts on Kraft paper & arranged the leaves around it, I did cut them so that I could layer them & have them poking out at various lengths. I cut out the Just Because & distressed it with some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink & then with the embossing Pen I covered the wording & added gold embossing powder. I wanted the distressed look so I did not worry about it appearing on the background. I also added Solar Flare Stickles Glitter Gel to the background.

To finish off I cut one of the inner flowers. I stamped the small flower from Perfectly Imperfect Patterns in the centre & added white gel pen. It was a fun mixed media card to create.

I hope you enjoyed what I created with the Layered Flowers Thin Cuts, they were fun to create with.

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

Stamping on Cardstock – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Stamping on Cardstock” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Tamara Sandwisch 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 is a great easy colouring technique that I really do not use enough.

My first card I used the fun Happy Cake Day Stamp & Thin cuts set – it is like this stamp set is designed for this technique. I did though cut the cake stand in Gold Foil & I added some white Gel details to one of the cake layers.

I choose to use the Happy Birthday Balloons from the Festive Borders to be in the centre of my cake layers & to just use the inner part of the Slimline Shaker Window Thin Cuts using the one of the papers from the Love Story Paper (Black) collection. I added some card stock strip in the background that is the same colours as my cake layers & some glitter to the candle flame.

My next card I used the flowers & leaves from the As You Grow stamp & Thin Cut set.

I added some TriBlend™ Markers for extra detail on both the flowers & leaves. I used the Love Story Paper (Black) collection again for this card & added some shimmer trim & sponged on Mermaid Lagoon using what was o my sponge without re-inking it. Then on the side I I added some silver thread & clustered my flowers & leaves with some 3D foam tape & finished it off with a sentiment from the For All Occasions set. I loved how this turned out.

I had fun creating this card and loved how it all came together & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Melissa Robinson to get more Stamping on Cardstock 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
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Maz

Make it Shine – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Tamara Sandwisch then you are in the right place.

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There are so many products to choose from for this technique hop “Make it Shine” So I went through all my shiny products & in the end I used Gold Foil cardstock, Solar Flare Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Gilt Gloss Spray, Gold Embossing Powder & Rose Gold Liquid Pearls. And then while on my early morning walks I seen all the Golden Wattle trees in bloom (they start to bloom late winter early spring here in Australia – so they are just about finishing blooming now) & knew I had to use some sort of Green colours to go with all the gold.

I also wanted to incorporate the Mermaid Lagoon which is one of the new colours Close To My Heart has added to the Distressed Oxide range. So I started with that & blended it Mowed Lawn Distress oxide so I got some nice blue/green colours. I then sprayed some Gilt Gloss Spray (one of the new colours added to the Gloss Spray range) and felt it needed more gold. So I stamped a paint splatter from the Perfectly Imperfect Patterns in versa mark ink & gold embossed. It took me a day to think what I would do next with this background before I ran it through the Die-cutting & Embossing Machine with the Botanical Embossing Folder. And then I loved how the background looked.

I die cut the large circle & embossed the Happy Birthday from the Embroidered Card Front stamp set & cut out some flowers & leaves using the Layered Flowers Thin Cuts. I added then Solar Flare Stickles™ Glitter Gel to make them stand out just a bit from the background & added some Gold Foil cardstock to the flower centres and finished off with a couple of drops of Rose Gold Liquid Pearls.

I had fun creating this card and loved how it all came together & I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Darlys Recker to get more Make it Shine 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