Terrific Treats – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Terrific Treats!” 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.

I love to package up treats for friends for any occasion, be they handmade or shop brought treats, it just makes them super special.

I have created some packaging using Thin Cut Die, the Cricut & one that I cut & scored – all of these ways I use often when I package up some treats.

Box Base Bag with Close To My Heart Spruced Up & Thin Cuts - Favor Box with Celebrate Today paper & You're Not Old Stamp & Pillow Box cut with Cricut & decorated with Close To My Heart Shared Happiness Stamp + Thin Cuts

The first treat bag is a box base bag decorated with the Spruced Up -Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts & papers.

Box Base Bag with Close To My Heart Spruced Up

I also used the partial die cutting technique with the Scalloped Circle Thin Cut Thin Cut to create a decorate top.

My next one uses the Thin Cuts – Favor Box which is in the online only section of your consultant’s website. I decorated with the Celebrate Today papers & the You’re Not Old stamp set.

Thin Cuts - Favor Box with Celebrate Today paper & You're Not Old Stamp

My final treat box uses Close To My Heart – Art Philosophy Cricut® Collection & decorated with Shared Happiness Stamp + Thin Cuts, Julep Velvet Ribbon & Black & White Dots.

Pillow Box cut with Cricut & decorated with Close To My Heart Shared Happiness Stamp + Thin Cuts

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Lauren Moore to get more Terrific Treats! 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

Close To My Best Friends Furever Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Best Friends Furever 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 have cats or dogs or both then you will love Best Friends Furever paper pack, stamp set and cut above kit.

For my project share I decided to show how I changed up the Best Friends Furever Cut Above® kit. I cut the  6″ ×  8″ into  6″ ×  6″ & made some basic changes. Now I know some people would want to know why, well I wanted these pages as part of my  12″ ×  12″ album & the  6″ ×  6″ fits perfectly in my 12″ ×  12″. I plan to either create some 12″ ×  12″ to go with these.

For the most part things were kept the same in terms of placements of the fun double-sided die-cuts that allow you to choose between two options for each piece: one designed for cat-lovers and the other for dog-lovers!

But I also added some stickers from the Best Friends Furever Paper Sticker Sheet just for a little bit extra.

Now all I need to do is get my cat photos printed to go on these layouts.

I had lots of fun creating with Best Friends Furever 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 on

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

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