Paper Layering – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Haley Dyer 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.

Adding paper layers can help create depth & interest in your cards & scrapbook projects. This is something that I do in a lot of my papercrafting projects as it is a simple technique to incorporate.

This project , that I am calling Pawsome Layers, I layered the banners so that you could see parts of the papers under them. I also overlapped the main image over the square dog bone pattern paper.

The next layered card “Merry Layers” I layered the stitched square over cardstock & ontop of the two pieces of pattern paper banners.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Miss. Carrie’s Creations to get more Back to the Basics 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 & an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon
Maz

It’s Not All Christmas Themed

I can forgive you in thinking that the Close To My Heart November–December 2019 Catalogue is all Christmas Themed products. Yes the papers do have a very Christmas look about them but the wonderful thing about the Holly Jolly, the Cedar and Pine and Nov-Dec Mix ins papers collections is the designs on them – they lend themselves to any theme.

And well Red is a traditional colour to be used in Christmas but I also noted a few pinks & peaches and some flowers too. So I just had to create a scrapbook layout that used these papers.

I started off by wielding together Heart Border in the Close To My Heart – Artistry, the border has some open hearts with allowed me to back them with papers.

I then created a background using ink pads & water colour to show through the open areas of the overlay.

I added some Cedar & Pine Leaf stickers & fussy cut out some flowers from the Cedar and Pine Floral design and embellished with some hearts from sticker sheets and the White Acrylic Hearts, one of which I coloured red with my markers.

I added the Title Love This with White Alphabet Foam Stickers to finish off.

As I kind of wanted to show off all the pretty papers & not hide too much I decided I use 3×3 photos – so I have my placements down now, for once I print. However this did not leave too much room for journalling.

So I decided to create a 6″ x 6″ using the same techniques & a smaller scale overlay & add journalling strips. I had some left over Craft On Rubber Shapes, and well they were perfect to create a little mini title & add more embellishments.

Close To My Heart 6″ x 6″ Memory Protectors™ are actually designed to go into a 6″ × 6″, 8½” × 11″ or 12″ × 12″ album so it is perfect to sit next to my 12″ × 12″ layout.

I hope you like my ideas & will look at the Close To My Heart November–December 2019 Catalogue in a new light & see past the Christmas Theme to create some non Christmas ideas.

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

Close To My Heart Holly Jolly Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Holly Jolly 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.

Holly Jolly Is such a bright fun collection & it is perfect for a traditional Christmas with a few modern colours additions of Smoothie & Glacier.

I decided to have another play with the Cricut® Complete Creativity Digital Collection as there are a couple of pre-designed Christmas.

With this one I even created a second page in a 8½” × 11″ format using the same elements by slicing & resizing things. I loved how it turned out.

I used the Holly Jolly papers to cut the the photo mats and the tag. Plus I used the words that are in one of the zip strips & stapled at the top. I also used a tag sticker & some of the flower stickers near the poinsettia flower.

Holly Jolly papers to cut the the photo mats and the tag & again used the words on the zip strip words stapled near the bottom. I used the holly stickers on top of the O in Joy.

I also wanted to make a card so thought I used the snowflake paper that is part of the Holly Jolly Paper Pack.

I thought it was cut having the woodland creatures gathering around a Christmas Tree (cut from the Cricut® Complete Creativity Digital Collection) in the snow.

And finally I wanted to make something that was not Christmas Theme, so decided to use some of the presents in the sticker sheet and fussy cut some presents out of the paper & paired it with a Birthday Saying Stamps.

I also used some of the green gingham with some silver shimmer trim to finish off the card.

I had lots of fun creating with Holly Jolly and 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 on

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

Back to the Basics – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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

Back to basic with Close To My Heart #CTMH https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au If you have arrived here from Cat Nowak 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 me when I am in a bit of a crafting rut or lost my crafting mojo, I go back to the basics to get a creative kick start, one way I do this is by heading to a tried & true card pattern.

Today I used one from the Make It from Your Heart™ Volume 4 (Pattern 4) which you can also find another idea on this pattern in the Love of Color Idea Book. I have rotated the pattern to the side on two of these cards & used lots of different paper suites & stamp sets that are all current right now.

First card I created is that cute Halloween Card which has no stamping involved. I used the Spooktacular sticker sheet along with the paer to create this & drew in the spiders hanging web parts – I think this card is super cute.

Spooktacular Halloween Card using Close To My Heart Spooktacular Paper & Stickers

For the next card I rotated the design & used the new Cedar & Pine paper & mix it up with the Sep-Nov Mix-in papers to create this Birthday Card

Blow Out the Candles Birthday card using Close to my Heart Cedar & Pine & CTMH Sep-Oct Mix-in’s

I then went back to the original rotation of the design & made this super quick shaker card with the Holly Jolly Papers & Sticker sheet. I was happy to see that the snow globe was the perfect size to use with the Shaker card pieces.

Holly Jolly Christmas Snow Globe Card

And the final card I rotated the design again to make this sweet thanks card using Every Little Thing, a scrap of Hawthorn paper & this sweet dawn from the Woodlands Greetings.

Woodlands Creature Thanks Card using Close To My Heart Every Little Thing Paper & CTMH Hawthorn Paper

And so you get an idea how this back to basic idea of how using a card pattern can be helpful & still allow your cards to look different depending on papers, stamps & embellishments, I put them all together in one image.

Close To My Heart Make it from the Heart Vol 4, pattern 4 using CTMH 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.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Lauren Moore to get more Back to the Basics 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 & an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon
Maz

Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout with Close To My Heart Products

Hello to all my crafty friends

I finally got to have a good play with the some products that been sitting there untouched & unloved since I ordered them from the Close To My Heart Catalogue September–October 2019 and it was super fun & slightly messy to create.

I started by priming my white daisy cardstock with some white guesso (you could use clear on the white) this was to ensure that the watercolour paints did not sink in & destroy the paper & allow a bit of blending to happen.

Once the guesso was dry I used the packaging technique – where you add watercolour to plastic packaging to smoosh onto the paper. I dried it with a heat gun which also moved some of the paints. I filled in some areas with some of the blue Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads with some water to blend into it.

To this background I also added some Gold Shimmer Brush splattered into the wet background before drying again with a heat gun. I need to get a new one of these as the brush was just about dead when I went to use it so you do not see much in the photo but there is a bit of a shimmer.

I the used the Sun Overlay (#M3F370) from the Cricut® Artbooking Digital Collection to cut my rays from the Saffron patter in the Hawthorn Paper Packet and the Lemonade & Nectarine patterns from the Spooktacular Paper Packet and some Lemonade cardstock. Using the stencil as a guide I stacked my rays so each paper could be seen & glued it in place with the Dual-tip Multi-bond Glue Pen.

Sun Overlay CTMH Artbooking

I then got my piercing tool out to make holes between the rays & stamped a line of Saffron Exclusive Inks™ using the Strokes of an Artist stamp set

I then glued some Gold Loose Sequins with Liquid Glass.

I created a photo matt from Sapphire stripped pattern paper from the Every Little Thing Paper Packet & raised that with some 3D foam tape.

I had already cut a large scallop white daisy circle for another product & this was the other half. I added journalling lines with the Build-a-Plaid stamp set and tucked this under the photo matt.

I added a cluster using Every Little Thing Vellum Die-cuts, Every Little Thing Complements and a white Acrylic Heart on the bottom left corner.

At the top left side I created another cluster from stamped using second generation Sapphire ink to create the banners using the Every Little Thing—Scrapbooking stamp set. and some stickers from the sticker sheet, plus a little bit of stitching with Mink Twine.

I loved how it all turned out & how the rays draw your eye to where the photo will be & that I got to use a wide variety of products from different lines & how well they all look together.

Hello Happy Scrapbook Layout using the Sun Overlay #M3F370 Close To My Heart - Artbooking #ctmh
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.

If you have any questions about the process or the products used, please ask.

See you soon
Maz

Mix It Up! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Mix It Up!” 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.

I love mixing up & combining the Close To My Paper suites with the mix-ins as well as one another. They always seem to work so well with one another as they do by themselves.

Today I am mixing it up not only with the paper suites but the Memory Protectors™ too. Today I am using a 8½” x 11″, 6″ x 6″ as well as a 12″ x 12″ Memory Protector to create a layered, interactive as well as interest to your pages & bonus is that they all fit perfectly inside a 12″ x 12″ My Legacy™ album.

First up is the 8½” x 11″ Scrapbook page I used a mixed of paper packs, embellishments & texture paste.
8½ x 11 Scrapbook Layout

After this is the 6″ x 6″  Scrapbook Layout I used a mixed of paper packs, embellishments & texture, I made this the decrate feature for the spread, when you turn it over you get the journalling of the spread

6 x 6 Scrapbook Layout

And finally the 12″ x 12″ Scrapbook Layout, I used a mixed of paper packs, embellishments & texture paste. The spread ends on this page. When all together it creates a layered look.

Some close up images of the layouts
 x 6 Scrapbook Layout

And how these look inside an album together. I love how these pages are layered & how they can add interest to your pages

6x6 journalling overlaying the 81/2 x 11 Scrapbooking layout

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Darlys Recker to get more ideas  on how you too can Emboss It

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